• Motion for debate on damaging national planning policy

    12th November 2013 | News | Claire
  • The motion, by Cllr Julian Brazil (libdem) and seconded by me, reads:

    “This Council is appalled at the effect of the new NPPF document and this Government s policy of building houses as a solution to the economic crisis. This is having an adverse impact on our schools and health provision. We will continue to support the housing needs of our local communities to build houses for local working families but we will reject the destruction of the Devon countryside for the benefit of landowners, developers and short term political expediency.”

    DCC’s policy is to refer all motions to its cabinet before recommending a way forward at the next council meeting, which is in December.

    The government’s national planning policy framework has caused mayhem in my ward, where schools are bursting at the seams and one major planning application after another is being submitted by rapacious developers.  The government’s new relaxed planning rules provides the perfect breeding ground for developers who are concerned only with the bottom line – how much cash they can make.

    Myself and Julian will be going along to the cabinet tomorrow to speak in support of the motion.

    Devon County Council webcasts its meetings and you have the option of watching the debate live here – http://www.devoncc.public-i.tv/core/