“Scaring the Living Daylights out of People” covers three main subject areas, including exploring the tactics of companies who want to demolish people’s homes to build lucrative new developments, conflicts of interest in East Devon and the lobbying practices used by supermarkets that want planning permission to build new stores.

The East Devon chapter is entitled “the local mafia” and outlines a series of controversial planning decisions.  It quotes environmental lawyer, Charlie Hopkins extensively, who refers to “the wild west” and says that if you rock the boat “the clique makes your life a bloody misery.”

Other contributors include Paul Newman from Westclyst, who with his wife Helen and fellow residents, battled unsuccessfully against 400 houses in their tiny community.  The application was from East Devon Business Forum vice-chair, Roy Stuart.

Finally, the report makes reference to a controversial decision at Waldron’s Farm, Farringdon, to allow an industrial development.  Three Libdems – Geoff Chamberlain, Derek Button and Steve Wragg resigned amid allegations of behind the scenes lobbying of some planning committee members, in 2011.  The Libdems stated that they did not wish to associated with any impropriety in the planning process. 

See Express & Echo news story at the time here – http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/leave-committee-planning-concern/story-11686088-detail/story.html#axzz2OkT4mtbU

The link to the full report is here – http://sidmouthindependentnews.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/scaring-the-living-daylights-final.pdf

See more about Anna Minton here – http://www.annaminton.com/