Newton Poppleford & Harpford Ward
Historic planning decisions have a long reach. Newton Poppleford has been designated as ‘sustainable’ as part of Strategy 27 of the Local Plan 2013-2031 despite the problems with travel in and out of the village, the lack of public transport and the expense of the transport that does exist. On average 16,000 vehicles per day pass through Newton Poppleford and yet planning permission has been given for more than 64 houses with scant regard to parking issues and impact on existing residents. Only a small proportion are affordable for local people. The new school is already full. S106 and CIL payments owed to the parish for infrastructure to support the housing growth is slow coming forward. There is a lack of parity in planning decisions, overdevelopment of the ANOB completely contrary to the NPPF which states that ANOB should not be developed except in exceptional circumstances. Developers are allowed to wriggle out of their planning obligations. Agricultural land is being lost every day in a system exploited in the name of ‘diversification’. Quiet conversations behind closed doors have brought us to the position we find ourselves in. I wholeheartedly believe in honesty, openness and accountability. I have been a member of the parish council since 2014 and am on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group in an attempt to help local people take back control of planning in their parish. If re-elected I will continue to fight for what matters to local residents.