Joining forces

PUBLISHED: 07:10 30 March 2013

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Following East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) recent history on planning matters and their failure to implement a robust local plan against potential over development in our area, it was inevitable that there would be a backlash.

Groups from around East Devon which have serious concerns about large scale, inappropriate developments that could have damaging effects on our environment have joined forces to form the East Devon Alliance (EDA).

Indeed, EDDC was recently one of several councils who were ‘stung’ by undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph, who could smell a story and are aware of the potential for developers to take advantage of unready or unwilling councils to defend our corner, or in this case our green fields.

The EDA has recently been formed to challenge EDDC and it’s current planning regime.

It is non-political, but keen to canvass the Government for a change to, or at least a deferment of the March 27 deadline, at which time EDDC will have to apply a ‘presumption in the favour of development’ as they do not have the required local plans in place.

Members of the EDA will be doing everything they can.

Campaigning, canvassing, protesting, asking questions.

Anything to raise awareness of or challenge the planning deficiencies within the district council.

We are not against all development. Just those that are inappropriate and ill-conceived.

We have formed a steering group in Exmouth, which is meeting regularly to forward the concerns that Exmothians may have regarding these issues, to the main EDA group.

If you share our worries and would like to help or do more to protect your environment.

Visit sidmouthindependentnews.wordpress.com for further information.

Alan Haywood

East Devon Alliance

Exmouth Representative

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