Planning and local democracy: a short history of East Devon

“Clearly, there is now more need than ever for local people to engage in the democratic process.”

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There’s a lot of dismay about the government’s latest planning proposals:

The ‘planning revolution’ in house building – consultation launched – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Although there is considerable debate over how warranted these fears are – and whether there might be other politicking going on:

Nimbyism, avocado politics, land-banking – what’s to blame? – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Perhaps more important are the debates around how these proposals will add to or take away from local decision-making powers:

Planning and local democracy: of zoning laws and revolt – Vision Group for Sidmouth

With East Devon and Mid Devon currently flexing their muscles over housing:

East Devon set to reject Greater Exeter Strategic Plan – analysis – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Mid Devon set to reject Greater Exeter Strategic Plan: reports – Vision Group for Sidmouth

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Michael Temple of Sidmouth organised a demonstration back in 2012 which saw 4,000 people march along the Esplanade to Knowle over dismay about planning proposals.

Here he writes a personal view of the issues as they affect East Devon in the new online news site West Country Bylines – with a short history of recent events and a look to the future:

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Mass march on Sidmouth esplanade. Photo by Peter Nasmyth

Clearly, there is now more need than ever for local people to engage in the democratic process.

Is local democracy dead? – West Country Bylines

   
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