Stoneleigh Holiday Park (Branscombe) sensationally hits the national headlines

Stoneleigh is known to be owned by a Muslim group and it is said several footballers own homes there. The site was once owned by a group fronted by Nick Spysnyk – a developer who also owned the Seaton Heights (non) development – by a company which later included controversial developer David Sullivan. The site has gone through several changes of ownership over the years and it is not known by Owl who now owns it now. Seaton Heights remains derelict with planning permission now almost certainly lapsed.

“A Muslim cleric who runs Britain’s largest network of sharia courts has been questioned over historic child rape allegations.

West Midlands Police are investigating claims that Sheikh Faiz-ul-Aqtab Siddiqi raped two Dutch women in the 1980s and 1990s.

He has denied the claims, which first appeared in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, saying they are ‘unfounded’ and part of a campaign to discredit his family.

The cleric, 51, is the head of the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, an Islamic legal service that operates a string of controversial sharia law courts across England which critics say discriminate against women.

The two women claim they were sexually abused from the ages of 11 and 12 until they turned 16. They were sent to the UK by their parents to be educated by Sheikh Siddiqi’s father, a respected Muslim scholar.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: ‘A 51-year-old man from Nuneaton has been voluntarily interviewed in relation to allegations of historical rape cases. Inquiries remain ongoing.’

Sheikh Siddiqi is also head of an Islamic college based at a stately manor in Warwickshire.

He also owns a Devon holiday park where several Premiership footballers have cottages.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6299133/Muslim-cleric-runs-Britains-largest-network-sharia-courts-quizzed-child-rape-claims.html

Story also covered by The Sun and Dutch newspapers:
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7545914/muslim-cleric-faiz-ul-aqtab-siddiqi-sharia-child-rape/

AND another consultation: Villages, small towns and their built-up boundaries – yep, another cart that went before horse!

Recall that, with no consultation whatsoever, built-up boundaries for Dunkeswell and Chardstock were changed and inserted into the latest draft of the Local Plan.

Dear Sir/Madam

East Devon Villages Plan – consultation on proposed criteria for defining built-up area boundaries for villages and small towns

The council is reviewing its approach to defining its ‘Built-up Area Boundaries’ and wants your input.

We have prepared a brief paper, which is attached, that sets out what we would like to do and how you can get involved. We have also included an update paper on the Villages Plan for information.

If you have any comments on the approach set out, please write to us on or before Monday 21 September 2015 so that we can consider them before we prepare the next stage of our ‘Villages Plan’.

You can submit your views by either writing to us at Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL or sending an email to us at localplan@eastdevon.gov.uk. Please put ‘Villages Built-up Area Boundary Consultation’ in the subject box of the email or at the top of your letter. It would be helpful if you could respond to the 5 questions set out in the consultation paper.

Please contact the planning policy team on 01395 516551 if you have any queries.

Yours faithfully

Linda Renshaw (Mrs)
Senior Planning Officer

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
East Devon District Council

( 01395 571683
8 lrenshaw@eastdevon.gov.uk
http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk
* Planning Policy Section, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Station Road, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL

Coastal Communities Fund extended for further 5 years

The Coastal Communities Fund, which was launched in 2012, will make £90m in funding available until 2020/2021.
Seaside towns across the UK will be able to bid for a share of the funding.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33467461