• Honiton Council submits formal complaint over Local Plan

    24th August 2012 | News | Claire
  • The Midweek Herald reports this week that the council will be submitting a complaint against the development management committee, highlighting concerns about negotiations over the east of Honiton, recommendations of the town council being overlooked and ward members being denied permission to speak on issues affecting the town.

    The confusion of sites and non-listing of strategic sites will also be raised by the town council.

    At a meeting last week, Councillor Vivienne Ash said she felt the town council had been “totally ignored” by the district council.

    Speaking about the development management meeting at the Knowle, Councillor Peter Halse, said: “I have to say it was the most uncomfortable meeting I have been a part of. It appeared to me that the committee was going to make a decision without any representation from the town being considered.

    “I felt very unhappy at the way it was done. The way they handled it was, unfortunately, extremely unfair to Honiton.”

    Councillor Mike Allen said: “We were not allowed to speak. I tried repeatedly to ask to speak – I regret that we were not allowed to speak – that to me is reprehensible.”

    (Cllr Allen was recently hauled over the coals by EDDC’s standards committee for not allowing Cllr Roger Giles to speak at a Local Plan Panel meeting).