What Leader Paul Diviani describes as East Devon’s ” democratic deficit ” is of central concern to Save Our Sidmouth, and to the broader group, East Devon Alliance. Both of these non-party-political organisations support electors who seek a proper dialogue with EDDC Planners, and work to ensure that Councillors are aware of all aspects of the particularly sensitive cases.
Amongst such cases on tomorrow’s Development Management Committee meeting agenda, are:
Newton Poppleford, King Alfred Way ..an application for 40 houses (the full allocation for the village until 2026), on agricultural land in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The planning application process has been the subject of grave concern (see http://sidmouthindependentnews.wordpress.com archive SEARCH Newton Poppleford , especially A Lot of Mistakes (posted 13th May 2013); Councillor denies wrongdoing after police questioning (25th June) ; Open letter to Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish Council (26th July); and More gagging attempts ..?(8 August)
Also, Seaton Tesco repercussions (see latest posts , and comments left, at http://sidmouthindependentnews.wordpress.com )
Members of the press, and the public, will no doubt hear some vigorous debate at tomorrow’s meeting. Public involvement at DMC meetings HAS had an influence on planning decisions this year (Some Knowle parkland has so far been spared from immediate development, as has the Seaton Green Wedge, and Budleigh Salterton Longboathouse).
Your presence tomorrow is of democratic value!