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Leader of North Devon Council 'disgusted' at government response to planning concerns

By NDJFran  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

Brian Greenslade

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THE leader of North Devon Council has branded a letter from central Government a "disgrace."

Brian Greenslade made the comment in response to a letter he received from Nick Boles, parliamentary under-secretary of state for planning.

It came after a group of councillors from North Devon visited Whitehall in London to personally hand a letter to the government detailing concerns over planning policies being imposed on local authorities.

The group sat down with Mr Boles to discuss the issues and left feeling slightly reassured.

However a letter has since been received from Mr Boles with further details regarding the National Planning Policy Framework and delivery of new housing.

Mr Greenslade said: "I am very grateful the planning committee does what it does, because it is becoming ever more difficult. It is a shame because the words we have used about the "straightjacket" are very real.

"Quite frankly, the letter we have received from Mr Boles is a disgrace. But I don't think we leave it here. I think you would want me to write back and say hang on this is not what you said to the members."

Councillor Joe Tucker who proposed the trip up to London, said the letter was an insult.

"All the work that went into that trip, 16 hours of travelling, and then to get this reply is a complete and utter insult," he said.

"It is not right. We spent half an hour with this gentleman and there was a lot of work that went into the two pages of details he was given.

He continued: "I think it is because the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing."

Councillor Greenslade added a letter had also been sent to prime minister David Cameron but a response had not yet been received.

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  • DonHenson  |  February 27 2014, 10:50PM

    This is not even a story as there are no details at all in terms of the reply, or what was said. So much for Rudyard Kipling.

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