Planners unable to decide application

PUBLISHED: 10:38 09 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 June 2010

TOWN planners were unable to flex their muscles and use their new powers - because tree experts advising on an application were either ill or on holiday.

TOWN planners were unable to flex their muscles and use their new powers - because tree experts advising on an application were either ill or on holiday.

In a temporary trial the town's planning committee had been given executive decision making powers when deciding advertisement consent applications and tree preservation orders.

And at the committee on Monday an application to coppice two trees, fell 13 others and cut back six more at A La Ronde had to be put on the hold because of one of East Devon's tree officers was off sick - and the other on annual leave.

Planning chairman Lynne Elson said: "This should be deferred until January."

The decision will now be made in the New Year.


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