EDDC now wants Government to pay for a town centre at Cranbrook

Owl is confused. Don’t you include a town centre in initial “new town” plans – and pay for it with developer contributions? Otherwise, it isn’t a “new town”!

“The government is being urged to extend its £675m Future High Streets Fund to also help create and improve town centres in new towns.

East Devon District Council and Cranbrook Town Council have written to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Jake Berry MP, to request eligibility criteria for the Fund be changed to include new towns.

At a meeting of East Devon District Council’s cabinet earlier this month, they selected Axminster as the town to put forward to try and grab a share of a £675m fund. ..,”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/allow-new-towns-like-cranbrook-2672297

Dorset campaigners crowdfund legal challenge to 760 home AONB development near Bridport

“Campaigners against a greenfield development in Dorset have raised £5,000 with a view to taking the planning decision involved to judicial review.

West Dorset District Council last November gave permission for the Vearse Farm project, which includes 760 homes – 35% of them affordable – and space for employment uses.

But campaign group Advearse said the decision to allow development on the site near Bridport contravened regulation on areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and should be given ‘the highest possible protection’ from development.

A judicial review will cost around £34,000 and, thanks to donations and match-funding, Advearse has £19,000 left to raise.

Its chair Barry Bates said: “Bridport has shown that it is clearly united against this development which, despite its gross scale, will not deliver truly-affordable homes for local people and we will do our utmost to represent them.”

Advearse’s fundraising will be doubled due to a match-funding grant from the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Jean Marshall, West Dorset’s head of planning development management and building control, said: “We’re aware of the ongoing objections and campaign from Advearse, but remain confident in the decision given by [the] planning committee to grant permission subject to the necessary planning obligation and planning conditions.”

Ian Gardner, portfolio holder for planning, said when permission was granted: “We’re satisfied that we have been able to work with the applicant and reach agreement on plans for the site.

“Once completed, the scheme will provide significant off-site highway improvements to the Miles Cross junction, a good range of open market and affordable housing as well as community facilities and employment land.”

https://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/planning/401-planning-news/40128-campaigners-crowd-fund-legal-challenge-over-grant-of-planning-permission-for-760-home-scheme

Exmouth College parents being asked for donations to ease budget cuts

“Parents at one of Devon’s biggest secondary schools are being asked to pay a contribution of £15 for their first child, and £5 per sibling, to help the school cope with budget cuts.

The Principal of Exmouth Community College, Andrew Davis, said in a letter to parents the financial situation is “really tough”, with rising costs and frozen budgets,

He said the contributions will help him “reinstate some of the budget lines” he has had to cut.

He’s also put out an appeal to the wider community for support, saying they can ring the school and pay with a debit or credit card.

Previously the government said more money was going into schools than ever before, with a record £43.5bn by 2020.

The Principal of Exmouth Community College, Andrew Davis, said in a letter to parents the financial situation is “really tough”, with rising costs and frozen budgets,

He said the contributions will help him “reinstate some of the budget lines” he has had to cut.

He’s also put out an appeal to the wider community for support, saying they can ring the school and pay with a debit or credit card.

Previously the government said more money was going into schools than ever before, with a record £43.5bn by 2020.The Principal of Exmouth Community College, Andrew Davis, said in a letter to parents the financial situation is “really tough”, with rising costs and frozen budgets,

He said the contributions will help him “reinstate some of the budget lines” he has had to cut.

He’s also put out an appeal to the wider community for support, saying they can ring the school and pay with a debit or credit card.

Previously the government said more money was going into schools than ever before, with a record £43.5bn by 2020.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-devon-47573963