South Hams Climate Action Network

Here is the reply from the leader of South Hams District Council following the SHCAN open letter to the Council about climate change and the ‘Networks’ follow up reply. If you had any capacity or time before Christmas there is a full council meeting on 17th December for which you can send in questions viaContinue reading “South Hams Climate Action Network”

‘Reviewing the situation’

‘Planning for the Future’ revised after backlash BBC political correspondent 15/11/2020 The government is set to revise its proposals for controversial planning reforms in England, after new housing targets prompted a backlash amongst some senior Conservative MPs Ministers have proposed updating the formula for where to build houses to meet its aim of delivering moreContinue reading “‘Reviewing the situation’”

Green pledges at risk

JOHNSON’S HOUSING PLAN THREATENS HIS OWN GREEN PLEDGES. “What’s the point in investing in new technology to capture carbon when our planning system produces dislocated, car-dependent, land-hungry developments.” If the prime minister is serious about tackling the climate emergency he needs to start by overhauling his ill-considered planning reforms. It’s never been clearer: what we build,Continue reading “Green pledges at risk”

Gerston Point Decision

South Hams District Council refuse a retrospective planning application for development built without permission South Hams District Council have refused approval for the skate bowl, tennis court and garage unlawfully constructed on a Devon beauty spot. The Professional Planning Officer’s Report to the Council will be of great interest and importance to anyone who wishesContinue reading “Gerston Point Decision”

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Planning Reform in England – what is the end goal? Peter Geraghty MCIOB FCABE FRTPI FRSA FAcSS – Executive Director at Hertsmere Borough Council The consultation period on government’s planning reform proposals is now closed. In launching those proposals the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government eulogised: “These once in a generationContinue reading “UN Sustainable Development Goals”

‘Another U-turn’

CAMPAIGNERS HAIL DRAMATIC GOVERNMENT CLIMBDOWN IN BATTLE TO PROTECT POST-BREXIT FOOD STANDARDS A dramatic government climbdown will protect post-Brexit food quality, delighted campaigners say – after fears that chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef would be allowed in. Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor  In another U-turn, Liz Truss has bowed to pressure to give teeth to a new watchdog to prevent trade deals, particularlyContinue reading “‘Another U-turn’”

Lockdown rules

WHAT ARE THE RULES OF THE NEW NATIONAL COVID LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND? November 1st 2020 The Prime Minister has announced a four-week lockdown in England, following weeks of pressure from his own scientific advisers and opposition parties to introduce tougher measures to tackle coronavirus. The full details of the restrictions will be published on Tuesday beforeContinue reading “Lockdown rules”

We fundamentally disagree!

THE JOINT RESPONSE TO THE ‘PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE’ CONSULTATION ON BEHALF OF THE PLYMOUTH AND SOUTH WEST DEVON JOINT LOCAL PLAN The consultation response from our three Local Authorities is highly critical of the proposals, noting that: “the task force behind the ideas included in the White Paper did not include any local authorityContinue reading “We fundamentally disagree!”

Algorithm blues!

GOVERNMENT HOUSING FORMULA “DOES NOT MAKE SENSE” SAY PLANNING GROUPS Deadline for responses to the “Planning for the future” White Paper is 23.45 on Thursday 29 October. Here is the FOSH response to the consultation Government attempts to reimpose failed Soviet tractor style top-down planning targets on us, using the mutant algorithm, is still under fire. Deadline for responses toContinue reading “Algorithm blues!”

‘Coming soon to a green field near you’

A developer led planning system “The market knows best.” Really! Thank you East Devon Watch for this story – and to Daniel Clark  ‘PLEA FOR FASTER CRANBROOK TOWN CENTRE PLAN FALLS ON DEAF EARS‘ This East Devon District Council (EDDC) sorry saga tells of what can happen with “hands-off developer-led building proposals” and is a ‘close’Continue reading “‘Coming soon to a green field near you’”