ONLY weeks ago the residents of Allenstyle, Yelland were celebrating the refusal of the appeal to build on the field adjoining the estate.
We were cited as an example to other action groups to take heart from our success, an example of Localism in action.
Now we learn that the developer has again applied for planning permission, with minor changes.
The site is outside the development boundary as identified in the North Devon Local Plan and is thus a greenfield site. It remains so in the new Local Plan, though this is not yet adopted.
Technically, there is no Local Plan in force, leaving us in a vulnerable position. The developers are utilising this loophole to quickly push their plans through.
The Allenstyle residents were unanimous in rejecting the development and were supported at appeal by both the district council and the government inspector. We thought that was the end of the matter. We are stressed and angry that this decision was not final.
Is there no time period before another application can be made? Is there no limit on applications for the same site?
Allenstyle has a reputation as a retirement estate and the bungalows are always quickly snapped up. Perhaps affordable bungalows for the elderly or disabled would not have met such opposition.
Large family houses looming over us would destroy the ambience of Allenstyle.
But bungalows do not provide enough profit for the developers, who are not thinking of providing homes for the local community, or the misery they are causing the pensioners who chose Allenstyle for its quiet and community spirit.
No, they are simply in it for the money.
Once a greenfield site is built on, it is lost forever. There are 277 homes to be built at Fremington Camp nearby, as well as others in the Fremington / Bickington area, with ammenities suitable for families.
The brownfield sites available will fill the identified housing need for the next 20 years. Allenstyle is not needed.
The Localism Act is said to empower local authorities to have more say in local decision making. This is a complete travesty! The developers just keep trying till a government inspector with no local knowledge overturns the decisions made at local level.
Localism is just a hollow word coined by the government to placate the masses. Meanwhile, the Allenstyle people fight on to retain this peaceful environment for their latter years.