Developer says traffic increase at potential Sidford business park would be “insignificant”

Owl says: if so few vehicles would use the business park – why build it!

How EDDC planners and Clinton Devon Estates justify the unjustifiable in Newton Poppleford

A dilemma for The Independent Group and their Tory supporters.

Summary: dangle a carrot (a doctor’s surgery), take away the carrot, put two houses in the place of the surgery/carrot, get planners to say it cannot now be refused even though the carrot has disappeared… although the carrot never actually existed anyway!

BoJo: always check his promises …

“The proposal from Boris Johnson, the favourite in the Tory leadership contest, to ensure that every school in England gets at least £5,000 per pupil (see 10.51am) could amount to a spending increase of just £48.6m, or 0.1%, according to a report for Schools Week.”

… Schools Week analysis of provisional national funding formula data for next year found just 35 of 150 local authorities are due to be funded at less than £5,000 per pupil.

To increase per-pupil funding to £5,000 for the roughly 755,000 secondary pupils in those areas would cost just £48.6 million – the equivalent to just 0.1 per cent of the £43.5 billion the government will spend on schools in 2019-20.”

Johnson’s school funding pledge amounts to 0.1% increase

OK with you, Tory parents?

Young people: a home or a pension – take your pick

“Young people should be able to raid their pension pots early to help fund a deposit on their first home, a senior Government minister has argued.

Speaking this morning at think tank Policy Exchange, the secretary of State for housing James Brokenshire suggested that allowing savers to use pension savings as a deposit could help alleviate the financial barriers facing first-time buyers.

He said: ‘We should be looking at allowing an individual to use part of their pension pot as a deposit on a first-time home purchase.’

However, one pensions expert has labelled the idea as ‘bonkers’ and ‘dangerous’. …

… Tom Selby, senior analyst at AJ Bell, said: ‘This idea smacks of dangerous political short-termism.

‘While the housing market clearly has its problems, allowing people to raid their pensions is not a sensible answer.

‘Chronic undersaving for later life is one of the biggest challenges facing society today, so a proposal which encourages people to drain their pension pots risks making this problem even worse.’

Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, added: ‘Saving for a house deposit and making provision for retirement are the two greatest financial challenges facing younger generations.

‘But the same money can’t be used twice and there’s a huge risk that offering early access to pensions to pay house deposits will be a far too tempting ‘bird in the hand’ offer.’ …”

“Helsinki’s radical solution to homelessness”

“Finland is the only EU country where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – unconditionally”

“The wealthy businessman who paid just £35.20 in tax”

“A wealthy businessman who lived a life of luxury paid just £35.20 income tax, a BBC investigation has discovered.

Frank Timis rented a £14,000-a-month penthouse and spent thousands dining in London’s finest restaurants.

But his personal tax return for 2017 shows he paid just £35.20 in tax, after claiming that he had hardly any income from his worldwide business empire.
Mr Timis’s lawyers say he has fully complied with all of his tax obligations.

Documents leaked to BBC Panorama and Africa Eye also reveal how Mr Timis managed to do this.

They show that in 2017, Mr Timis received payments totalling £670,000 from his offshore trust.

These were mainly payments called distributions, which should have been taxable. But shortly before he submitted his tax return, Mr Timis allegedly asked the trust to turn the distributions into untaxable loans.

A backdated loan agreement was created making the loans look legitimate.
John Christiansen, from the Tax Justice Network, said it looked like Mr Timis was dodging tax: “It all points to this being a manoeuvre to cheat the tax man. And, if that is the case, because it’s been done retrospectively, there seems to be prima facie evidence that this is tax fraud and it should be investigated.” …”

A new way of planning: are no-overall-control councillors up for it?

” Participation not Consultation:

At Civic Voice we are aware of the growth agenda and the need for more homes to be built. Our members understand this too, yet all over England many of these members, who are knowledgeable and positive people, have had to engage in fighting Local Plans and planning proposals that they feel passionately are not right for their places.

It is time to change the way things are done and to bring communities genuinely to the heart of planning and place-making. ‘Participation not Consultation’ is about bringing people in at an early stage to develop the proposals through collaborative planning processes, also known as Charrettes.

The Charrette approach involves community members working alongside local authorities and developers to co-create design-led, visual plans and strategies. It is an inspirational and energising activity where the results of collaboration are seen immediately, with the knowledge that an individual’s input actually matters. It also has the potential to greatly increase the speed of the formal planning and design process.

Civic Voice has launched a campaign to bring these collaborative processes into mainstream planning so that, through shared working from an early stage, communities can help shape and support growth and development that is right for their place.”

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