• Kelly Lynch lodges complaint with Local Govt Ombudsman

    23rd October 2013 | News | Claire
  • Kelly was sent a letter by EDDC in July, giving her until the end of March 2014 to leave her property, or face prosecution, a court injunction or direct action.

    I had repeatedly asked officers that the decision on whether to resume enforcement action against Kelly, was made by councillors on the development management committee, but this unfortunately did not happen.

    Kelly has been battling away to remain on her land for around 10 years, which has been lived on by generations of her family. Cllr Ken Potter, a planning committee member, can remember his father buying a horse from Kelly’s grandfather who lived there during the 1930s. 

    After this, other members of Kelly’s family resided there and she spent much of her childhood staying with her grandmother, who lived in a caravan on the site, with a “personal permission.”

    When Kelly’s grandmother (Mrs Small) died, Kelly applied to carry on living there, but was refused permission.

    During the 1980s permission was granted for a small bungalow to be built, but consent was not renewed when reapplied for.

    Last year, EDDC’s planning committee approved a reapplication for a tiny bungalow, but just two months later the application was returned to committee on a technicality and rejected.  Kelly’s elation turned to despair once again.

    She appealed against the decision to refuse permission for the caravan, but this was dismissed in March. I had asked (and hoped) that any decision to resume enforcement action against her would be taken by councillors on EDDC’s planning committee, but my request was ignored.

    Kelly has now lodged a formal complaint with the Local Government Ombudsman.

    Read her full story here – http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/kelly_lynch_once_again_faces_prosecution_by_eddc/

    Photograph:  Kelly at the Save Our Sidmouth organised march last November.