In their words...

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2013

Below are a list of statements from Clinton Devon Estates’ own websites advocating looking after the farming, tenant farmers and the environment, including mission statements and their own proud commitment to farming.

My question is how hypocritical can you get when you have a planning application in for “Plumb Park”, a 350-dwelling development to be built on useful and productive farm land.

Surely this is a gross double standard and shows, when money is involved, all their mission statements, commitments and environmental promises go out the window in favour of bricks, concrete, tarmac and, above all, profit!

Our Mission – To secure the long term prosperity of the estate and the people who live and work on it in ways which care for the countryside and engage with the wider community. (http://www.clintondevon.com/the-estate/strategyorganisationandhistory.ashx)

Climate change, fuel and food security are high up the estate’s agenda.(http://www.clintondevon.com/)

Our commitment to farming. Clinton Devon Estates owns and manages over 17,000 acres of farmland in East and North Devon. Dedicated to managing a working countryside, and delivering environmental and recreational benefits to the local community, the estate has a continued commitment to viable farming enterprises. (http://www.clintondevon.com/farms/ourcommitmenttofarming.ashx)

Increasingly we have seen our tenant farms mirror the national trend of farm diversification; a means of bringing additional income to the farm.

The range of enterprises; include B and B, horse livery and industrial storage.

In our commitment to a viable farming community, we provide full support for enterprises such as these when they are based on sound business models and do not compromise the core agricultural business. (http://www.clintondevon.com/farms/ourcommitmenttofarming.ashx)

The estates continues to remain a family concern and our commitment to the county and investment into the estate’s core elements such as the landscape, natural environment and the community, underpins all activity (http://www.clintondevon.com/the-estate/awards/thequeensaward.ashx)

Fact 4. Each year in the UK farmland equal to five times the size of Exeter (100,000 acres) disappears under buildings, roads and leisure areas. (http://www.living-landscapes.net/farmland.ashx)

Oh, and yes, I am a resident that backs on to the proposed development and do object to it.

Andy Laws

Douglas Avenue

Exmouth

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