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EDDC’s oversight blows someone some good!

 
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 05/10/06, 18:03    Post subject: EDDC’s oversight blows someone some good! Reply with quote

The facts:

A planning application for what could be termed ‘Front-land development’, because it is between an existing property and the road, to build on a field in Rhode Lane was originally refused by the district council.

The application then went to appeal and the inspector gave permission for the property to be built under the proviso that the entrance to the site be splayed which would mean the removal of the ancient Devon Bank that fronted the property. Planning permission would have to be sought to remove the bank and the trees thereon.

I may be stupid but surely if planning permission for the bank’s removal was not forthcoming wouldn’t the developer make an appeal? For obviously he knows the routine. It would then go back........(need I say anymore?).
A forgone conclusion.

An application to remove the bank was duly made and the parish council recommended refusal. We still await the district council’s decision on the application. In the meantime a public-spirited Uplyme resident concerned that the historic bank and trees, in particular two mature field maples, would be lost requested that a tree preservation order be put on the trees. The proposer was informed that a six-month temporary order would be put on the trees. He then received a recorded delivery letter informing him that this had been done. His pleasure brought about by this successful outcome was however short lived for his attention was brought to the sound of chainsaws. On investigating he found that the two maple trees had been cut down.

East Devon District Council has said that through an oversight notification had not been sent to the applicant and therefore he knew nothing of the tree preservation order. Although a copy of the very same notification was sent to the proposer of the preservation order.

The prospect of the forum’s administrator refusing me this post on the grounds that it may be libellous inhibits me from saying anything more on the subject but I am sure you get my gist.

By the way the trees felled apparently in great haste at about 14:30 on Monday 2nd October were still on the ground as felled today Thursday 5th October. The trees are completely intact no branches having been removed which indicates that their assailants were pushed for time. It makes you wonder why they could even spare the time to fell them, or am I being stupid again.
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 11/10/06, 10:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

An Update.

It now appears that everybody got this wrong including East Devon District Council, probably as a result of the inspector not being at all clear as to what he meant by, “that the entrance to the site be splayed” and suggested that planning permission would have to be obtained first. It now turns out that an application to remove the bank was not necessary the inspector was giving permission there and then. In the meantime much time was wasted and frustration caused unnecessarily. This apparently has been cleared up in a letter from the secretary of state to one of the neighbours. I wonder if the SoS is aware that as the Devon bank that lined this road is mostly in tact the removal at this point will make it appear completely out of keeping with the general street scene. So much for local people being in charge of their own environment.

All the same this does not excuse EDDC in its failure to notify the owner of the property that a temporary TPO had been put on the two maples. The latest for this oversight is that the legal department had not got the address of the owner!
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PostPosted: 14/10/06, 19:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was reported in the Lyme Regis News of 13th October that in answer to Cllr. Burton’s “It stinks” and that the developer had been “tipped off” and District councillor Ken George’s agreement of these views East Devon District Council said, “The council has to admit that in this case an error was made. However, to suggest that the error was in some way part of a conspiracy theory is quite preposterous. The council refutes in the strongest terms any suggestion that it has colluded or would collude with any developer.”
But can the council be certain that one of its employees did not collude with the developer?

How can they explain why the trees were cut down and left where they fell on 2nd October and still remain twelve days later. The deed between arrival on the site of the gang and a tractor and their departure taking about half and hour or so. Is this the normal way a tree felling gang operates?

EDDC whilst admitting that an administrative error had occurred, which lead to the felling of the two trees, they point out that “...in October 2005 a planning inspector ruled that the visibility splay should be allowed. This in effect renders any subsequent TPO irrelevant”. In which case why did the planning department accept application 06/2395/FUL, received on 21st August 2006 for “Construction of Access with Visibility Splays” A planning application that their website still tells us is “Pending Consideration”

EDDC’s explanation rather than letting them off the hook opens up another can of worms. What do they say about when in a hole? Obviously there are a whole series of administration errors here and a full investigation must be called for.
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PostPosted: 12/04/08, 11:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

18 months now having elapsed since the maples were taken down, in such haste, I thought it due time to see what progress had been made on the site.

Precisely none.

The maples still lie where felled, in early October 2006, complete with branches. Can there now be any doubt that these trees were taken down in almost a panic and that someone leaked the news of the preservation order to the owner?

The longer they remain there the more essential it is that a proper investigation is made surrounding this bad smelling event.
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