• However, officers say the letter, which is thought to contain the planning inspector’s initial reaction to the local plan (and possibly his early view on proposed levels of housing and industrial land)  cannot be made public until late this Thursday because of instructions from Mr Thickett. EDDC’s local plan has been controversial since it was first published in 2010. A senior [...]

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    At the committee’s meeting last week Cllr Roger Giles raised the issue of the threat made by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement in December 2013. Mr Osborne had said that he was considering removing the entitlement to the new homes bonus from councils who refused planning permission to developers who subsequently won planning approval on appeal. Roger Giles said that all planning [...]

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    The great and the good who run the National Trust, the organisation in charge of protecting the country’s finest buildings and landscapes, are not meant to get cross. But Sir Simon Jenkins is furious and — it seems — has been for a large part of his six years as chairman. The reason for Sir Simon’s wrath is planning regulations and specifically the Coalition’s decision to rewrite them [...]

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    At last night’s overview and scrutiny committee I asked that the proposals, which will be debated by the planning committee on Tuesday (1 April), be called-in to the overview and scrutiny committee’s April meeting for examination. A group of councillors have proposed strict limits on the number of public speakers, which would mean that many people who are currently permitted to address[...]

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    I requested, in the forward plan section, that the controversial plans to move from Knowle and build new ones at Skypark, be scrutinised before going before the full council in July. For some reason, there is no overview and scrutiny committee scheduled for June so I asked that one be arranged.  This was agreed by officers and councillors present. Some councillors asked that the item be held [...]

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    15.4 Repeal of duties relating to consultation or involvement (clause 57) Background Section 3A of the Local Government Act 1999, inserted by section 138 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, provides that: (1) Where a best value authority considers it appropriate for representatives of local persons (or of local persons of a particular description) to be involved [...]

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    In a paper that has just appeared on EDDC’s website, the proposed new public speaking regime will be debated at the development management (planning committee) meeting next Tuesday (1 April). The paper from the working group, which was chaired by Cllr Ray Bloxham, insists its proposals will bring it in line with other local authorities and are to counter: - very long meetings - public repetition[...]

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    The application, on land at Westclyst from former EDDC councillor, Roy Stuart, was nevertheless brought forward in advance of the planning inspector’s initial feedback about the new draft local plan, expected at the end of this month. Planning officers said that although the application was “unplanned development” it was ready to be determined and they were obliged to bring it [...]

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    Here’s the link to the EDDC statement published today - which is also pasted below:  http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/standards_240314_osm_complaints_conclusion.pdf 24 March 2014 Ottery St Mary Town Council complaints conclusion The District Council’s procedure for handling complaints about councillors is, for the most part, a confidential process. This is in order to protect councillors [...]

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    I have lodged a motion urging the council to support a national campaign to cut tourism VAT, to five per cent. East Devon’s tourist industry is our lifeblood - and as councillors, we should be actively seeking ways to support it. They’ve certainly hit hard times over recent months. Here’s my motion: “This council recognises the significant contribution that the local [...]

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    http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Towns-villages-siege-developers/story-20843419-detail/story.html ..................... Towns and villages across the Westcountry are “under siege” by developers, according to landscape campaigners who found that two-thirds of council decisions to block major schemes are being overturned on appeal. The Government’s planning reforms are unnecessarily [...]

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    Agreement reached for Sidbury Community Enterprises to buy Red Lion pub, Sidbury Sidbury Community Enterprises is excited to announce that the Red Lion pub in Sidbury looks set to become the first pub in East Devon which having been listed as an Asset of Community Value becomes a community owned pub. The pub’s owner, Punch Taverns, placed it up for sale in April 2013 and in response to a [...]

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    Dear Claire, “Do you recognise how much influence you as an organisation have on the way people think about politics and politicians?” That’s what a Conservative MP said to me yesterday about 38 Degrees members. I was speaking in front of a committee of MPs looking into why people choose not to vote or get involved with the political process. I wanted to speak for as many of us as possible -[...]

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    Cllr Will Mumford, who has controversially proposed that all of the council’s youth centres close by September, unless volunteers step in, was last week photographed at a stormy youth consultation event in Exmouth, with his head in his hands, following ardent protests from 120 teenagers about the loss of East Devon youth centres. Here’s the Devon County Council press release:  [...]

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