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Peters Marland Parish Councillor Mike Lamprey tables a motion of complaint against head of planning Kate Little

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: July 25, 2013

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A PARISH councillor has urged Torridge town and parish councils to table a motion of complaint against the joint head of planning at Torridge District Council and North Devon Council.

Mike Lamprey, a parish councillor from Peters Marland, near Torrington, proposed the motion at a meeting of the Torridge Area Advisory Group in Torrington on Tuesday night.

Mr Lamprey suggested the complaint against Kate Little after the advice she gave at the most recent Torridge plans committee meeting on July 4. She advised it to disregard the Government's June 6 legislation which called for more weight to be given to public opinion when determining wind turbine applications.

She said the legislation had not come into force, despite it being announced in Parliament.

Mr Lamprey said: "Torridge knows only too well as of the June 6 the legislation changed, but not apparently at Riverbank House.

"It is not good enough. Why are the officers so enthusiastic for turbines? Torridge seems to be legally dodgy, unethical in performance and lacking integrity.

"This advisory group has no teeth, it is a good talking shop, but what I am proposing is that you go back to your parish councils and table a motion of complaint against Kate Little in that she failed to heed planning legislation as published on June 6, namely onshore wind policy."

The motion was met with a round of applause and "hear, hear". But Jenny Wallace, the head of paid service at Torridge, who was at the meeting, defended the planning department.

She said: "Certainly I would defend the officer team. They don't recommend all the turbine applications for approval. I think some of your comments are a little harsh and unfounded. Kate has advised officers to look at each planning application on its own merit.

"We have been overturned by the Planning Inspectorate nine times out of ten."

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