Friends of South Hams

This Web site is for those who love the South Hams “The jewel in the crown of Devon” and who wish to protect and enhance the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


“Living with Beauty”

The Government is “consulting” (Closing date 15 March) on important changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to incorporate ideas in the “Living with Beauty” report (see below) and on its ideas for design codes. These proposals follow on from the ‘Planning for the Future’ consultation which attracted criticism from around the country andContinue reading ““Living with Beauty””

They pave paradise!

It would be easy to imagine the English countryside is a lovely place. Everyone has been talking about discovering the wonder of nature during lockdown and there are constant reports of droves moving out of towns and cities for more pastoral locations. In many ways, however, the opposite is true. Look around and you’ll find local actions groups protesting,Continue reading “They pave paradise!”

Climate Change

Why 2021 could be turning point for tackling climate change By Justin RowlattChief environment correspondentPublished17 hours ago Share Related Topics Our Planet Now Countries only have only a limited time in which to act if the world is to stave off the worst effects of climate change. Here are five reasons why 2021 could beContinue reading “Climate Change”

Culturally, spiritually and emotionally Europe.

TCA_SUMMARY_PDF.pdf ( The UK is, of course, culturally, spiritually and emotionally part of Europe. Foreword This Agreement with the European Union is designed to honour the instruction of the British people – expressed in the referendum of 2016 and the general election last year – to take back control of our laws, borders, money, tradeContinue reading “Culturally, spiritually and emotionally Europe.”


SIXTY YEARS OF THE SOUTH HAMS SOCIETY The Society is 60 in 2021! What a remarkable milestone this is and a great tribute to all those members who have so loyally supported the Society over the years and have worked so diligently to protect and enhance this beautiful place where we live, work and play.Continue reading “Congratulations”


“The reality of modern Britain is that the local is fighting back”. Simon Jenkins  Planning secretary Robert Jenrick’s climbdown over his planning white paper is welcome. Its core proposal for houses to be built according to a Whitehall formula – the so-called “mutant algorithm” – emerged in August reputedly at the bidding of the building lobby, eager to boostContinue reading “WIN FOR LOCALISM?”

Still Planning for the Future!

By Amy Jones, Political Correspondent 16 December 2020 • 6:00am  The original proposals were heavily criticised by dozens of Conservative backbenchers, including the former prime minister Theresa May, amid fears that it would lead to a surge of house building in their greenbelt constituencies. An updated formula will be weighted to focus on developing family homes inContinue reading “Still Planning for the Future!”


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Be in the know!

Well informed council tax payers and voters with robust, wide open, uninhibited access to information is the best safeguard of any constituency. Freedom of information is very useful and necessary for all democracies. It is also your individual right. 

Planning ensures that the right development happens in the right place at the right time, benefiting communities and the economy. It plays a critical role in identifying what development is needed and where, what areas need to be protected or enhanced and in assessing whether proposed development is suitable. 

Local people should take the lead in shaping their neighbourhoods and elected councillors have a key leadership role in this process. The role of councillors in district, county or single tier councils will vary depending on whether they sit on the planning committee (which makes decisions on planning applications) or not. However, all councillors have a role to play in representing the views and aspirations of residents in plan-making and when planning applications affecting their ward are being considered. 

 Changes in the Localism Act 2011 clarified the ability of councillors to be able to discuss matters which may relate to a planning application prior to voting on that application at committee, as long as they can show that they are going to make their judgement on the application with an open mind, listening to all the evidence and not having  pre-determined their decision. 

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This Web site is for those who love the South Hams “The jewel in the crown of Devon” and who wish to protect and enhance the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.