The campaign enters the last two weeks before the window for consultation officially closes. Now is the time we have to make our maximum effort to influence the planning officers before they submit their report to the planning committee. The publicity drive in the village is in full swing with placards in prominent positions along the main road and an encouraging number of posters in shops, pubs and front windows of houses. There can be few villagers, I hope, who have not noticed or be unaware of what the campaign is all about.
The focus for these last two weeks will now be all about maximising the total number of protest letters. Pavement tables are operating every day this week – and sometimes twice – in order to try and convert the interest and knowledge of passers-by into action. Thank you to volunteers who will brave the cold weather to do that! Our protest counter shows us getting towards 350 but we need to work at trying to treble that in the time left.
We’re not the only ones who have difficulties with the Bellway application. The parish council has written a strong condemnation of any further development in Exminster and the RSPB, in their consultation response, has expressed grave concerns over the effect the proposal might be likely to have on the reserve and the surounding birdlife. You can read their report at http://docimages.teignbridge.gov.uk/PlanApp/jsp/RDgetAllAppDocs.jsp?PlanningApplicationNumber=11%2F00404%2FMAJ. The growing strength of the opposition case should, at least, give Teignbridge planners cause for hesitation over what, I think, they originally saw as an open and shut case.
Two weeks isn’t long but fourteen days sounds a good deal longer – especially when you are determined!
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