Officers advise councillors not to fight Clinton Devon Estates over withdrawal of Newton Poppleford doctors’ surgery in planning application

EDDC fight CDE – not on your life say officers …unless, of course, councillors instruct them to do so …

https://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/newton-poppleford-home-appeal-meeting-1-6194658

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  1. Oh – Here we go again!

    “Officers have recommended the homes be approved as fighting the appeal would incur costs and may be lost.”

    So – Because Clinton Devon Estates have more money to throw at it than do EDDC the Officers recommend that Planning Committee Members , ignore their consciences, their principles, their better judgement and go for the cheaper option!

    Why have we let this unprincipled behaviour become the norm?

    Councillors on EDDC Planning Committee are expected to arrive at the meeting ‘with an open mind’ – a ridiculous expectation anyway, considering the fact that they were elected by the East Devon public to represent the public of East Devon and most do try to do just that.
    Yet how can they possibly come with an open mind when this spectre of ‘Appeal’ and its potential costs is brandished over them and undue pressure put upon them to do as the officers tell them?

    This is especially significant in the light of the revelation that the CEO reportedly advised one developer to appeal against his own Committee’s decision on Sidford Business Park.
    Yes, it was in an unrecorded private meeting and hence his ability to deny any wrong-doing.
    One has to wonder if there have been some private unrecorded meetings about the Newton Poppleford Application – and many, many others too.
    Planning Committee members hold fast to your principles.
    Leader and Councillors, you must urgently insist upon an entirely objective independent enquiry into what happened re Sidford Business Park and what might be happening in Newton Poppleford, Exmouth, Woodbury, Axminster……….

    Einstien said
    “The World is a dangerous place – not because of those who do evil but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

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