- Proposed new stock building for cows close to calving.Broadhembury Barton Broadhembury Honiton EX14 3LPRef. No: 22/2672/FUL | Validated: Fri 02 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Lawful development for demolition of conservatory and construction of replacement garden room; construction of new single storey store and carport; alterations to fenestration on the rear elevationNgara Exton Lane Exton Devon EX3 0PNRef. No: 22/2663/CPL | Validated: Thu 01 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Installation of photovoltaic array. The Old Nursery 6 Charles Court Lympstone Exmouth EX8 5ELRef. No: 22/2661/FUL | Validated: Wed 30 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Single-storey side extension 8 Claredale Road Exmouth EX8 2EERef. No: 22/2659/FUL | Validated: Wed 30 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Proposed rear extension Flat 2 Rear Of 44 Victoria Road Exmouth Devon EX8 1DWRef. No: 22/2658/FUL | Validated: Wed 30 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Replacement storage shed with new outbuilding for use as a Domestic Garage/Workshop/Studio Bovetts Farm Sidbury Sidmouth EX10 0QNRef. No: 22/2657/FUL | Validated: Wed 30 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Variation of Condition No. 2 (Approved plans) of planning permission 21/0039/FUL (Replacement of existing dwelling and garage/workshop with new dwelling and garage with storage space) to allow revisions to internal layout. Sunningdale Buckerell Honiton EX14 3ERRef. No: 22/2653/VAR | Validated: Wed 30 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Conversion of existing integral garage/car port to provide additional habitable accommodation Berkeley Cottage Exeter Road Newton Poppleford Devon EX10 0BJRef. No: 22/2650/FUL | Validated: Tue 29 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Demolition of existing single storey garage and replacement with new single storey outbuilding containing double garage and home office Conifers Crewkerne Road Axminster EX13 5SXRef. No: 22/2647/FUL | Validated: Thu 01 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Conversion of existing integral garage/car port to provide additional habitable accommodation Berkeley Cottage Exeter Road Newton Poppleford Devon EX10 0BJRef. No: 22/2651/LBC | Validated: Tue 29 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Part conversion of existing barn to form Holiday Let unit. Middlecott Farm Blackborough Cullompton EX15 2HERef. No: 22/2649/FUL | Validated: Tue 29 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Proposed rear extension, loft conversion and porch to front. 8 Taleford Villas Taleford Ottery St Mary EX11 1NBRef. No: 22/2648/FUL | Validated: Tue 29 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Certificate of Lawfulness for Residential use of single dwellinghouse and garden area.Site Of Penny Park Kersbrook Lane KersbrookRef. No: 22/2646/CPL | Validated: Tue 29 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Construction of an agricultural building for use in connection with the applicant’s land holding Hunthay Farm Axminster Devon EX13 5RJRef. No: 22/2645/AGR | Validated: Tue 29 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Oak x2 (T1 & T2): remove epicormic growth to crown break at approximately 7 metres; average pruning cuts not exceeding 2-3 cms in diameter. 6 Hayne Close Tipton St John EX10 0BARef. No: 22/2628/TRE | Validated: Mon 28 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- The redevelopment of the driveway to the dwelling to include a level parking and turning space 20 Willow Avenue Exmouth Devon EX8 4QSRef. No: 22/2634/FUL | Validated: Fri 02 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Yew x3: remove more than the annual growth (total height to be approximately 6 metres, crown radius to be maintained at the current size). Flat 12 Knowle Grange Knowle Drive Sidmouth EX10 8HNRef. No: 22/2640/TRE | Validated: Mon 28 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Construction of a greenhouse to front. 22 Copp Hill Lane Budleigh Salterton Devon EX9 6DZRef. No: 22/2638/FUL | Validated: Mon 28 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Construction of 1 no. dwelling, means of access and associated works Clarkham Cottages Swan Hill Road Colyford Devon EX24 6QGRef. No: 22/2632/FUL | Validated: Mon 28 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Beech x6 (T1): reduce the canopy on roadside boundary by approximately 15%, pruning cuts not exceeding 50mm in diameter. T2 To remove 1 Laylandii to ground level on Western boundary. Reason for works, Proximity to two dwellings, to allow Prunus Lusitanica to reestablish in border. T3 To reduce Prunus Lusitanica by approximately 25%. Reason for works, to achieve a robust structure to help prevent further limb failure and promote regrowth at a lower level. Appletreewick Sidmouth EX10 8RHRef. No: 22/2630/TCA | Validated: Mon 28 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- The erection of 2 no. industrial units Land Rear Of 5 Flightway Business Park Dunkeswell EX14 4RDRef. No: 22/2631/FUL | Validated: Mon 28 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Removal of rear chimney, single storey rear extension, replacement windows, dormer refurbishment, new landscape finishes Lyndhurst Manor Road Seaton EX12 2AQRef. No: 22/2637/FUL | Validated: Wed 30 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Construction of two storey side extension and porch (Revision to 22/0096/FUL) 70 Slade Close Ottery St Mary EX11 1SYRef. No: 22/2642/FUL | Validated: Wed 30 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Retrospective permission sought for erection of timber boundary fence. 3 Charles Court Lympstone Exmouth Devon EX8 5ELRef. No: 22/2619/FUL | Validated: Wed 30 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Hip to gable roof extension and rear dormer 44 East Budleigh Road Budleigh Salterton Devon EX9 6EJRef. No: 22/2612/FUL | Validated: Tue 29 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Erection of a covered manure store and livestock building Sweetlands Farm Upottery Devon EX14 9PBRef. No: 22/2614/FUL | Validated: Thu 01 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Subdivision of an existing dwelling to form two dwellings, including extensions to the ground floor of west elevation and the enhancement of an existing track. Bluehayes House Bluehayes Broadclyst Exeter EX5 3BARef. No: 22/2565/FUL | Validated: Tue 29 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Single storey extension and first floor extension for the conversion of existing office to annexe The Bothy Dulford Cullompton EX15 2DXRef. No: 22/2570/FUL | Validated: Mon 28 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Outline application for the erection of 23no. dwellings with all matters reserved save for formation of vehicular and pedestrian access Land North Of Oak Road West Hill EX11 1SJRef. No: 22/2533/MOUT | Validated: Mon 28 Nov 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Construction of a steel framed agricultural storage building with an apex roof. Land At Northcote Hill HonitonRef. No: 22/2522/AGR | Validated: Thu 01 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Replacement of existing brick building with a timber building including change of use to annexe/small holiday let Holiday Let Clyst William Cross Farmhouse Plymtree Cullompton EX15 2LQRef. No: 22/2516/FUL | Validated: Fri 02 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Oak: Crown lifting. Removal of branches where ribbons tied. Conifer P1: removal of branches at X and Y which have sagged out from the profile of the tree. Conifer P3: fell. Conifer P4: To lop top two feet of lead growth stem. Cherry Tree House Church Hill Musbury Axminster EX13 8BARef. No: 22/2517/TCA | Validated: Fri 02 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- T1, Monterey Cypress : remove deadwood greater than 20mm in diameter on the South East side. Reduce primary and secondary branches in the mid to lower canopy by approximately 1-2m to previous pruning points to give 3m clearance from the property. Tumbling Weir Court Tumbling Weir Way Ottery St Mary Devon EX11 1GPRef. No: 22/2387/TCA | Validated: Thu 01 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Outline application with some matters reserved (access, appearance, layout and scale) for the demolition of existing building and erection of mixed-use building comprising of a convenience store (class E) and 9 residential units (class C3) with associated access and parking, including the provision of public car parking Lawsons And Car Park Lyme Street Axminster EX13 5ATRef. No: 22/2322/OUT | Validated: Thu 01 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
- Reduction of part of front wall to create a parking space utilising dropped kerb outside of house Hillsbrook High Street Newton Poppleford EX10 0DWRef. No: 22/2276/FUL | Validated: Fri 02 Dec 2022 | Status: Awaiting decision
Daily Archives: 12 Dec 2022
Tonight Owl will be switching off!
(Between 5pm and 7pm)
UK power prices hit record high amid cold snap and lack of wind power
The anticipated surge in power demand on Monday evening will coincide with a planned use of the National Grid’s demand flexibility service between 5pm and 7pm.
Alex Lawson www.theguardian.com
UK power prices have hit record levels as an icy cold snap and a fall in supplies of electricity generated by wind power have combined to push up wholesale costs.
The day-ahead price for power for delivery on Monday reached a record £675 a megawatt-hour on the Epex Spot SE exchange. The price for power at 5-6pm, typically around the time of peak power demand each day, passed an all-time high of £2,586 a megawatt-hour.
Prices are surging as the weather forces Britons to increase their heating use, pushing up demand for energy, despite high bills.
Snow and ice have caused disruption as the cold weather looks set to continue into this week, with snow forecast for parts of east and south-east England, as well as Scotland.
The cold snap, which is expected to last for at least a week, comes as wind speeds reduced sharply, hitting power suppliers.
Live data from the National Grid’s Electricity System Operator showed that wind power was providing just 3% of Great Britain’s electricity generation on Sunday. Gas-fired power stations provided 59%, while nuclear power and electricity imports both accounted for about 15%.
The increase in power prices come amid jitters over energy supplies this winter. National Grid warned in October that a combination of factors such as a cold spell and a shortage of gas in Europe related to the war in Ukraine could lead to power cuts in the UK.
The anticipated surge in power demand on Monday evening will coincide with a planned use of the National Grid’s demand flexibility service between 5pm and 7pm. The scheme pays businesses and households to cut their consumption at peak times to reduce the strain on the grid.
The scheme has been used several times as part of a series of tests but is yet to be used as a result of electricity supply shortages. National Grid flirted with using it under these circumstances last month but did not do so.
Dr Agostinho Moreira de Sousa, a consultant in public health medicine at UK Health Security Agency, encouraged those with health conditions to heat their homes to a comfortable temperature. “In rooms you mostly use such as the living room or bedroom, try to heat them to at least 18C if you can. Keep your bedroom windows closed at night. Wearing several layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thicker layer,” he said.
German day-ahead power prices rose 33% to €434 (£373) a megawatt-hour, the highest since 13 September, while the French contract rose 40% to €465 a megawatt-hour, Bloomberg reported.
Campers, please don’t all flush at once
From a Budleigh correspondent:
Observation suggests that trenching is occurring between the Otter Head combined sewer outfall pipe, across the fields, to link up with the Ladram Bay treatment plant (covering the Ladram Bay holiday park).
I cannot find any report of the work being carried out on the SWW site In Your Area – supply interruptions and outages (southwestwater.co.uk)
It seems from the official SWW web site NO work is being carried out at Budleigh Salterton or Ladram Bay! People in Granary Lane, B.S. may not agree. (See https://eastdevonwatch.org/2022/12/09/why-are-budleigh-residents-getting-hammered-daily/)
Does this mean that the Ladram Bay pollution problems will, in future, be diverted to Budleigh Salterton by creating a super combined sewer outlet at the Otter Head?
Campers, please don’t all flush at once!
Devon and Cornwall beaches break records for high water quality standards
How can this be when we all know that sewage discharge into the sea and rivers continues at record levels? – Owl
Environment Agency www.gov.uk and see www.southwestwater.co.uk
Most beaches met the highest international standards for water quality cleanliness where we bathe. Our beaches and coast helps define the fabulous South West.
Bruce Newport, Devon and Cornwall Area Environment Manager said:
“Our beaches are 100% compliant, so now the challenge is to work collaboratively with everyone to keep our healthy waters in an excellent state for people to enjoy. Our coastline is an incredible natural feature.
We have had relatively few reports of pollution on our beaches this summer which is a credit to everyone maintaining and improving our bathing waters. We would like to say thank you to those groups, communities and businesses which have gone above and beyond to keep pollution out of our water ways.
Bathers and surfers are using our online Swimfo app to make decisions on where to go for the best places to bathe in the summer. Just by looking at Swimfo on your mobile you can get up to date information on the water quality of many of our bathing beaches.”
This year 9 beaches in Devon and Cornwall have improved their bathing water classification, while 4 beaches have deteriorated – Teignmouth Town in Devon, and Cornwall’s Readymoney Cove, Porthminster and Swanpool.
Those improving from Good to Excellent are Ladram Bay, Croyde and Plymouth Hoe East in Devon, and Gorran Haven, Pendower, Porthwrinkle and Porthcurnick in Cornwall. Improving from Sufficient to Good are Par Sands in Cornwall and Combe Martin in North Devon.
The improvement this year from Sufficient to Good at Combe Martin is the result of a strong collaborative effort by the Environment Agency, local groups and businesses.
Where foul water is wrongly connected to drains leading to our beaches, poor quality normally follows – this year wrong connections have been identified, fixed and we continue to work with South West Water with this important work.
In North Devon, Croyde has improved from Good to Excellent. Our scientists have used analytical tests to home in on pollution sources resulting in us working with farmers in the catchment to resolve potential pollution issues. We are committed to doing more in 2023.
In Cornwall, Par Sands has improved from Sufficient to Good, the result again of a collaborative effect by the Environment Agency with local people. We have carried out extensive monitoring in the catchment, investigated potential sources of pollution and ensured problems causing pollution have stopped.
At Teignmouth we continue to work with Teignbridge Council to improve water quality at Teignmouth Town. We are carrying out investigations into the cause of elevated bacteria numbers in samples taken at Teignmouth in August.
The 9 beaches in Devon and Cornwall which have improved their bathing water classification are:
Devon: Ladram Bay, Croyde, Combe Martin, Plymouth Hoe East
Cornwall: Porthcurnick, Pendower, Gorran Haven Little Perhaver, Portwrinkle, Par Sands
Published 30 November 2022
Has Rishi Sunak’s furlough scheme contributed to the labour shortage?
Did Rishi Sunak with his “passive and prolonged” furlough scheme miss a trick?
“With the Conservatives we’ve seen our economy grow, with rising wages and unemployment at a historic low.” www.conservatives.com Eh? – Owl
David Smith www.thetimes.co.uk (Extract)
…Brexit is one reason why the UK is an outlier when it comes to employment performance since Covid. But there may also be a contribution from other factors, including the policies designed to fight the pandemic.
The furlough scheme, a first for the UK, achieved its main aim of preventing what could have been a huge rise in unemployment. But there are growing suspicions that it may have contributed to the rise in economic inactivity.
This may have been by giving older workers, those most responsible for the rise in inactivity, a rehearsal for retirement. But also, as Tony Wilson, director of the IES, says, the furlough scheme was “passive and prolonged”.
Other countries, notably France, combined their pandemic job support with “active” measures to encourage workers to train or re-train, rather than just sit at home. Some tried to anticipate the changes in job demand. Most had previous experience with furlough-type schemes. For the UK, it was novel. As Wilson notes, people were “parked in furlough”, with few obligations on them or their employers.
Re-establishing the flow of EU migrants is not an option, at least in the short term. Getting the newly inactive (and some of those inactive longer term) into work, notably those not suffering from long-term ill health, must be a priority. Governments used to do this in response to high unemployment. Now they need to do it in response to rising inactivity, its 2022 equivalent. Both Wilson and Saunders emphasise that there is no shortage of potential “active” labour market measures, as recommended by international bodies.
The labour market needs some help, a necessary element of supply-side policy to boost long-run economic growth. Doing nothing is not an option……
The public sector pay gap and what would it cost to reduce it
A couple of articles over the weekend consider the background, whether the government’s stance is sustainable and the “affordability” of reducing it. – Owl
The rising pay gap
David Smith www.thetimes.co.uk (Extract)
…What can be done about our dysfunctional labour market? Starting with strikes, the root cause is similar. For public sector workers, and for those where the government stands behind employers, such as the railways, the biggest falls in real wages are happening.
A situation in which private sector pay is rising by nearly 7 per cent a year, against public sector pay growth of 2 per cent, would not be sustainable in any circumstances, let alone when inflation is in double figures.
A government that, admittedly under a different prime minister, was willing to announce big unfunded tax cuts will have to find more money for public sector pay settlements. A 19 per cent pay increase, demanded by England’s nurses, is impossible to justify. A 7.5 per cent increase, which the Scottish government has offered to its nurses — avoiding strike action — is not.
There is little danger that higher public sector pay settlements would trigger a wage-price spiral. Rather, it would be public sector pay catching up. The government wants to limit strike action by essential workers by legislating for minimum levels of service, but that is a long way down the track and of little relevance to the current disputes. The Treasury, of course, gets back some of the cost of higher public sector pay awards in tax and national insurance. Bigger public sector pay increases would flow directly into the economy in these recessionary times….
How much would a public sector pay rise really cost the UK government?
Rishi Sunak called out
Phillip Inman www.theguardian.com
Rishi Sunak was called out last week for saying it would cost £28bn to prevent inflation eating into public sector wages. According to No 10, a 10% pay rise would cost Britain’s 28m households £1,000 a year in higher taxes.
Not according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which says the Treasury’s sums don’t add up. So how much would it cost to give public sector workers a pay rise?
A pay rise of 10%
Ben Zaranko, an economist for the thinktank, says that even using Sunak’s methodology, the figures are wrong. The total public sector pay bill in 2021/22 was £233bn. Using the 10.1% average figure for the consumer price index forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility, “the cost would be £23.5bn”.
The government has already agreed to finance a 3% rise, so the extra cost is only £18bn, he says. It could be as low as £13bn if the government’s fresh concessions for teachers and other groups are factored in as “already paid for”.
Ministers should also expect to get back about 30% of the extra spending from higher income tax and VAT receipts, reducing the bill to £8.5bn.
A pay rise of 7%
The RMT has called for a minimum of 7%, while some healthcare unions have suggested they would accept a similar amount. If all public sector workers were offered 7% rather than 10%, the total extra bill would come down from £18bn to nearer £12bn – about £9bn with extra concessions stripped out. About £4bn would flow back to the Treasury in higher tax receipts, leaving an extra £5bn bill.
Will a pay rise push up inflation?
A below-inflation public sector pay rise will not increase inflation, especially if lower-paid staff are the biggest beneficiaries of a deal. The public sector does not increase its charges to reflect higher staff pay, as private-sector firms might. The extra spending power given to public-sector workers pay is also likely to be spent on energy bills and food, which are costs dictated by global markets.