• Farce of Boles “nimby” argument outed by Telegraph

    12th January 2013 | News | Claire
  • A bit of digging on the Telegraph’s part has revealed that Mr Boles’ family, who live at Talaton, have indeed objected to a development last year of 24 houses in the village, probably with very valid concerns about its scale and design. 

    As an aside, the planning application in question is from Greendale Investments… run by the Carter family, several of them members of East Devon Business Forum, and who are probably one of the biggest landowner-developers in the district.

    They had a large extension to their business park at Greendale Barton approved in 2009 that was contrary to EDDC’s planning policies, following pressure from EDBF to change EDDC’s planning policy to make it easier to build and extend industrial estates.

    Read the full story below – link here:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/9797252/Nimby-fight-of-planning-ministers-parents.html#disqus_thread …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    The parents of the planning minister are opposing proposals for a housing development in their village because they fear overcrowding.

    Nick Boles cited his family last week as an example of how people can stop being “nimbys” and accept change.
    However, The Daily Telegraph has established that Sir Jack Boles and his wife, Anne, have raised objections to a development of 21 houses on fields adjacent to the village church in Talaton, Devon.

    They believe the development, which they would be able to see from their house, is too big for the village and not a “suitable site”. They said they were not “nimbys” and supported plans for a smaller development elsewhere.

    There is growing concern, particularly in rural areas, about the Government’s housing drive. Mr Boles has said that England needs three per cent more housing, equivalent to an area more than twice the size of Greater London.

    He told The Daily Telegraph last week that his father and grandfather had opposed a development of 30 houses in the village in 1979. Sir Jack, a former director of the National Trust, even planted a leylandii hedge so he could block the view, but came to believe the homes were a “great benefit” to the community.

    Mr Boles said he hoped the story would “reassure” the public.

    Talaton, however, is now preparing for further expansion under the Coalition’s new planning regulations.

    Greendale Investments, a developer, has bought 11 acres of land and drawn up plans for a 21-home estate, with the potential for further housing in future. At a heated public meeting in the village hall in April last year, Lady Boles, a member of the parish council, voiced her opposition.

    She and her husband were particularly concerned by plans to build a path through the graveyard. Their views are shared by the overwhelming majority of the 400 villagers.

    Lady Boles, Mr Boles’s stepmother, said: “We didn’t think it was a suitable site and there were better sites in the village. It looked too overcrowded.”

    Sir Jack, 87, said: “I wouldn’t want a public path right through the graveyard. It wouldn’t be desirable for it to be as close to the church as they wanted to come. We have identified two or three much better sites. We have never been nimbys.”

    Villagers formed an action group to voice their opposition to the estate and voted overwhelmingly against the selection of the site for development under the new local plan.

    Guy Moores, who works in hospitality and has lived in the village for a decade, said: “I have a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter and I am worried about the traffic it would create. Things have changed dramatically since the new legislation came in. It’s definitely opened the door to more development.”

    Tim Smith, the commercial property manager at Greendale Investments, said the company was optimistic that the plans would be accepted.