Wainhomes: not only Feniton unhappy …






“Employment sites” – 5 new sites sneak into the Local Plan

Employment Sites

Sites included in this report are both existing employment sites and those proposed as employment sites in the new Local Plan. Each site has been given a reference number. Five new sites have been added to the assessment this year:

Woodbury Business Park

Addlepool Business Centre

Lodge Trading Estate

Hungry Fox Estate


Click to access employment-land-review-2014.pdf

Anyone recall CEO Mark Williams saying at the Local Plan DMC meeting that you couldn’t change the Local Plan by taking sites out? Apparently, it’s OK to put them in!

And just where are some of these sites: the names seem somewhat misleading.

Addlepool is in Clyst St George
Lodge Trading Estate is at Broadclyst
Hungry Fox is also Broadclyst
McBains is presumably the site at Exeter Airport

Creeping industrialisation of villages in the West End …?

From the archives 1 “Clean, green and seen” promise East Devon Tories in 2011

Below are parts of the speech made by Paul Diviani made when he was elected Leader of East Devon District Council in May 2011 :

“My experience has always been to ensure the business is based on economic fundamentals; for example, borrow only to create future wealth without overstretching your resource.

“Recessions do pass and our responsibility will be to help our many small businesses survive and prosper; our High Streets to retain or revert to smaller and unique outlets in the interests of local diversity; our youth to have the opportunity to live and work here; our many senior citizens to enjoy a quality of life they have earned; for the vulnerable to be protected; and for you as councillors to have the satisfaction of knowing you are part of that; and, more widely, for the people of East Devon to have the confidence that our aspirations are in harmony. Truly sustainable places are about happy communities, living and working together in wonderful locations. The future may not be orange, but it is bright.”

Some call it safe, clean and green – to which I would add seen.

“Safe comes through good design at the planning stage, through working with the police, fire and rescue and all the other services that deal with our society’s well-being, with particular emphasis on the vulnerable of whatever age.

“Clean is the public realm – paths and pavements on which we travel, the quality of our parks and pleasure grounds, efficient and convenient services, such as waste recycling and collection.

“Green will come as no surprise! Two-thirds of our district is nationally designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which makes East Devon such a fabulous place to live, work and play.

“Seen is about perception and reality and is all about effective communication. All too often we read that EDDC doesn’t listen, doesn’t care, sits in an ivory tower – the list goes on. The cynical view of the last government – decide, consult, do it all anyway – is not my approach.”

“Obviously, we [EDDC councillors] won’t all agree on everything but my path is one of consensus and inclusivity. I hope you will agree that we have a quite different looking Cabinet to align with the Officer responsibilities. We want to align talent and experience with positions rather than through patronage.”


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“Economic growth” (EDDC choice) or “Balanced growth” (Mid Devon choice) for Local Plans

Based on the same reports from the same consultants, East Devon District Council has chosen “Economic Growth” but Mid Devon has chosen “Balancec Growth” . Here, in their Core Strategy, is why Mid Devon made its choice:

Economic growth strategy alternative:

5.7 Economic development would be the main priority for this strategy option, with social and environmental objectives set at a lower level of importance.

· High housing and employment growth, with sites chosen largely for economic viability.

· Limited affordable housing provision.

· Housing concentrated at Tiverton and Cullompton

· Employment to be promoted at locations such as motorway junctions.

· Employment provision in the rural areas strongly encouraged.

· Efforts to attract major tourist attractions.

· Retail development promoted in the three Area Centres.

· No limitations on car use.

5.8 This strategy is in many ways the converse of the environmental protection strategy and the Sustainability Appraisal found that its costs and benefits to sustainability are therefore largely a mirror image. It would involve the greatest use of Greenfield land for development for both housing and employment, with inevitable landscape impacts arising. Notably, the location of development, with its emphasis on car – based access, will lead to greater travel overall than the other strategies, with much worse impact on climate change.
Balanced growth strategy alternative

5.9 The Balanced Growth strategy option would seek to minimise the conflict between social, environmental and economic objectives, and promote the balanced achievement of sustainable development. It was an evolution of the current strategy and policies set out in the Mid Devon Local Plan First Alteration.

· Development of new housing concentrated on the Area Centres, particularly Tiverton.

· Housing density generally higher than in the past but based on design – led solutions.

· Smaller dwellings provided, with maximum affordable housing provision.

· Rural housing generally limited to local need.

· Employment close to housing, encouraging town centre provision

and homeworking.

· Small scale employment and tourist provision encouraged throughout the rural areas.

· Promotion of a significant retail provision in Crediton.

· Some increased control over design, particularly in historic areas,

with targeted environmental enhancements continuing.

· Renewable energy schemes encouraged, together with low energy development.

· Car restraint, and provision of alternatives to the car, to concentrate on the Area Centres.

5.10 This strategy is the most sustainable of the strategies proposed, being positive in the majority of the factors, and negative in none. It would provide for both housing and economic development in locations which minimise traffic generation, allowing for small rural economic diversification. For these reasons, it formed the initial basis for the Core Strategy policies.

Relocation approval rushed through “in indecent haste, at the fag end of an administration” that may soon disappear”

Richard Thurlow’s speech, at the Extra Ordinary Meeting of Full Council last week, explains : https://saveoursidmouth.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/a-huge-number-of-uncertainties-and-unresolved-problems-being-glossed-over-yet-council-has-approved-eddc-office-relocation/

Don’t trust party political “independence”

The independence of chief inspectors in areas like prisons and the border force could be threatened by the way they are selected and budgets are set, MPs say.

Administration of the five inspectorates in the justice and home affairs sectors is done by ministers in charge of those areas.

The Public Accounts Committee said there was a risk government departments “could use these controls… as levers to influence” the inspectorates.
It wants a review of the arrangements. …

… It said the Ministry of Justice “mishandled an entirely foreseeable conflict of interest” by appointing former Chief Inspector of Probation Paul McDowell in February 2014, because his wife held a senior post in a private provider which later successfully bid for six contracts.

A MoJ spokesman said: “At the time of his appointment, Mr McDowell’s position was fully reasonable with all the appropriate pre-appointment processes properly followed.”

He said the MoJ would liaise with the Justice Select Committee about the arrangements for the appointment of a new chief inspector of probation.
The PAC report questioned a January 2014 change allowing the home secretary to decide when to issue the border inspector reports, saying this undermined the inspectorate’s independence and had resulted in publication delays.