• BBC Today journalist visits Feniton and Tipton St John

    28th February 2013 | News | Claire
  • She interviewed a jetlagged John Withrington from Feniton Action Group about the enormous pressure Feniton is under from developers, who are being given a helping hand by the National Planning Policy Framework.  Mass development in Feniton, or anywhere else for that matter, will swamp local schools, medical services and wreck beautiful countryside in the process.

    Almost 300 new houses are on the table for a decision currently, with two planning applications scheduled for the Tuesday 2 April development management committee meeting.

    There are reliable rumours however, that other landowners are rubbing their hands at the thought of nearby fields being developed, which will give them a better chance of making a quick million pounds or two. 

    Feniton appears to be in the lead in the race to develop.  Even planning officers acknowledge the village as being the most under pressure from development in East Devon. 

    Tipton St John residents are also no strangers to battling with excessive development.  They fought off an appeal against a Devonshire Homes bid to build 56 houses, which would have increased the size of their village by one quarter, in 2011. 

    Last year 15 houses were approved on the most prominent hill in the village – land designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    This afternoon, EDDC deputy leader, Andrew Moulding was also interviewed and Ms Stanbridge visited Tipton St John to talk to residents there.

    It is unclear when the story will be aired, but it is likely to be within the next week, so listen in if you can!

    The Today programme is on Radio 4.  It starts at 6.30am and ends at 9am every day except Sunday.  I will of course, blog the iplayer link once the piece is broadcast.

    Photograph:  John Withrington and Nicola Stanbridge on land adjoining the field next to Ottery Road, which is subject to a planning application for 120 houses.