• In January or February 2014, barristers, planners and residents will slog it out as Feniton will be the focus of a high profile planning “super inquiry.” Three planning appeals, totalling almost 250 houses, will be considered by a planning inspector, who will judge the appeals both on their own merits and on common themes. The obvious and biggest being the lack of a five year land [...]

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    Only a few weeks ago Mr Hague was reassuring us that the UK was not looking to arm the rebel forces in Syria, although admittedly the rhetoric of recent weeks was becoming more hardline. But it all changed after last week’s dreadful chemical attack on the citizens of Syria, including all those children, captured forever in those haunting photographs on virtually every national newspaper. The use[...]

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    Dear Claire, I’ve just got back from my summer holiday. I read last week’s email, “38 Degrees under threat”, whilst I was away camping. [1] Not exactly what you want to see when you’re trying to relax! I must admit I hoped I’d get back in the office and find my colleagues had been guilty of some exaggeration. I’ve spent the last couple of days speaking to [...]

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    The application on land next to Eastfield for 25 houses was unanimously rejected by councillors, following Roger Giles reminding the council about the planning inspector’s view of an earlier appeal back in 2011. This is the application which has been reduced from 50 dwellings in 2011, to 25 in a current application. The developer, Blue Cedar Homes, has also reportedly bought a second [...]

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    One Grand Folly

    27 Aug 2013 | News

    The scheme will cost up to a staggering £80 BILLION of public money.  But that’s ok, because ministers reckon it will kickstart the economy….. but business leaders don’t agree. Here’s the BBC story ................................................................http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23842928 A leading business lobby group has called on the government to [...]

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    Here’s the email from 38 Degrees, sent today. The government’s rushing through a new law which, if it passes, will stop us running the type of campaigns which have made us who we are. [1] The campaigns which have saved our forests, fought privatisation in the NHS, and defeated the snoopers’ charter. [2] The campaigns which have seen 1.7 million of us act together, locally and [...]

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    I can only assume that Mr Boles was his usual uncompromising self, because we were not informed of the outcome of the meeting, despite asking. Here’s the story in today’s Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/10264644/Green-belt-housing-doubles-in-a-year.html The number of houses planned for England’s green belt has doubled in a year, a report [...]

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    A Safer Ottery Parish: Flooding – Protecting your family and your home On Tuesday 8th October, find out what you can do to prepare and protect your family and home from flooding and what you might be able to do to assist others The Town Council is organising an afternoon exhibition and an evening meeting (starting at 7pm) at the Institute, Yonder Street on that day. There will be exhibitors from[...]

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    Here’s the story in Sunday’s Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/18/attack-on-unions-gag-democracy ........................................................................ Even local campaigns against fracking or a new road may be criminalised under draconian proposals to limit political spending. In a few weeks I will address my first TUC annual meeting as [...]

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    The move follows planning inspector, Anthony Thickett’s instructions to EDDC, that the changes that it believed were minor, were in fact changes that should be consulted upon. Previous commentators on the local plan were yesterday emailed the message below: East Devon District Council invites you to make representations on the Proposed Post- Publication Changes to the Local Plan. The [...]

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    The Ottery Town Council planning meeting, will next week, take place in West Hill at the Narthex from 7.30pm, so that residents are more easily able to come along and give their view on the application. A further controversial application for three dwellings on land next to Toadpit Lane at Little Portion, will also be considered at the meeting, This application is some way outside West [...]

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    The committee, which has been beset by setbacks and restrictions, was, last month, informed that employment land issues - the biggest area of concern for many residents - should be off the agenda until the local plan is signed and sealed.  Here’s the relevant blog - http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/no_employment_land_scrutiny_until_plan_has_been_agreed/ The latest delay is [...]

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    Here’s the link to the story, with the text below - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-23789187 A decision to spend £2,000 on a new chain for a Devon town’s mayor has met some opposition. Ottery St Mary Town Council voted eight to five in favour of replacing the existing 60-year-old regalia. One councillor who voted against it said it was a “waste of public [...]

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    A PLANNING Inspector has advised that a number of changes to the submitted East Devon Local Plan that EDDC considered to be minor and not in need of further consultation do in fact constitute major changes. Mr Anthony Thickett has advised that he cannot undertake his examination of the document submitted to him by EDDC on 2 August because there are 53 changes from an earlier version that he feels[...]

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