Owl posts below the letter that Ottery St Mary Town Council planning committee have sent to Simon Jupp MP. The letter ask him to do everything that he possibly can to persuade the Government to withdraw the White Paper and to abandon its unnecessary and highly damaging proposals.
Owl wonders how many other Town and Parish Councils (and individuals) feel the same way and, if they do, Owl would encourage them to follow Ottery St Mary’s example.
After all, how is Simon Jupp supposed to know your views if you don’t tell him?
Owl remembers that for years EDDC Tory councillors quoted the “silent majority” to justify “Build, build, build”. It wasn’t until last year’s council elections that this fallacy was exposed.
27th August, 2020
Dear Mr Jupp,
Re: “Planning For The Future” – White Paper.
I am chairman of the planning committee of Ottery St Mary Town Council and am writing to you following our meeting of Monday, 24th August when we considered the Government’s Planning For The Future document.
At the meeting there was strong and unanimous condemnation of the Government’s proposals. Councillors were highly critical of many aspects of the White Paper. The proposal which drew the strongest criticism – and it would be no exaggeration to say that councillors were outraged – was the proposal to remove the opportunity for the general public and councillors to comment on, and seek to influence, planning applications. This takes away one of the fundamental rights of local democracy.
Ottery St Mary Town Council considers that this proposal is nothing less than an attack on the democratic principles that underpin our system of government. The Town Council therefore calls on you, as a matter of urgency, to do everything that you possibly can to persuade the Government to withdraw the White Paper and to abandon these unnecessary and highly damaging proposals.
Cllr Richard Copus
Chairman Ottery St Mary Town Council Planning Committee