Trees and Trust in EDDC Planning.

22 Nov

A correspondent has sent us an interesting note about a recent planning decision in West Hill:

‘Recently EDDC was forced to release to a member of the public the pre-application advice given to the developer of a proposed site for three houses at Corner Croft, West Hill.

It strongly advised him that his proposals were unacceptable, and stressed the importance of preserving the mature oak trees on site.

Subsequently the developer felled the trees. Then he submitted a planning application in which he said that he had not been given pre-application advice.

A report went to November 12`s Development Management Committee in which EDDC planners recommended approval (directly contrary to the pre-application advice they had given).

Thankfully a majority of councillors refused the application (despite the Council Solicitor and Planning Officer telling them that they must not take the tree felling into account, and Chairman Helen Parr advising objectors that they must not speak about the trees that had been felled.).

It all leaves a very bad smell indeed!’

3 Responses to “Trees and Trust in EDDC Planning.”

  1. Hibou November 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Why didn’t EDDC slap an immediate tree preservation order on them when they were approached for pre-planning advice? Only answer I can think of is incompetence, but then again I’m naive about monetary matters!

  2. Mike Mellon November 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    He will get it on appeal

  3. Media Mandy November 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    It was not for “Baroness” Parr to tell objectors what to say or not say – although it seems that these days we are allowed only to say things that are pro-majority views.

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