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12:00 - 19 June 2006

The Mid Devon countryside is in danger of becoming "fossilised" because of new proposals to restrict development in villages over the next 20 years.

The district council's deputy chairman, Cllr Derek Thomas, said the council's "core strategy", which was approved at a special meeting of the planning committee on Wednesday, would make new housing scarce.

"This will lead to higher prices and villages made up of second homes," he told the meeting. "We need a strategy of affordable homes and jobs to keep villages alive rather than fossilised."

He was commenting on the strategy to restrict major developments up to 2026 to the towns of Tiverton, Cullompton, Crediton and Bampton.

In 21 named villages, development would be limited to minor proposals, including affordable housing for a local need, small-scale employment and tourism, services and facilities serving the locality, and other very limited development that enhanced "community vitality" or met a local social or economic need.

Outside these villages development would be strictly controlled, and only permitted if it "enhanced the character, appearance and bio-diversity of the countryside while promoting sustainable diversification of the rural economy".

Cllr David Slack said the council was "imposing a policy of restraint that could come back to haunt us".

Council leader Eddie Dennis pointed out in Willand there was no land left for affordable homes.

Young people could not afford to live there, it had a poor infrastructure and there was a danger of ending up with a population of only retired people.

"The parish council has tried to get affordable homes for 44 young people on the waiting list, and this policy will not address that need," he said. "We've tried to get small development sites via housing associations and three sites have all failed."

Planning officer Simon Thornley said the growth of villages over the past 20 years had not led to the survival of shops and services.

"This policy will give villages vitality," he said. "We have consulted every parish on the list, and they are content. The policy has been publicised and we received no objections."

Planning chief Jonathan Guscott said the policy would not stop affordable homes, if sites could be found.

"If a site were adjacent to the settlement, and was earmarked for 100% affordable housing it would be allowed," he said.

Cllr Terry Snow asked what was meant by the term "affordable homes".

"Local people still cannot afford them, and we should be doing something about it," he said.

"People coming into the area have an advantage over local youngsters."

Cllr Paul Williams said the council talked about the need for farm diversification, but apart from some equestrian schemes most projects were turned down.

"We need to be clear about what we will allow when we come to cover the detail," he said.

Cllr Brenda Hull said farmers needed to be encouraged because they looked after the Mid Devon countryside.

Cllr Nick Lee was pleased to see a recognition of agricultural needs in the core strategy, as the "countryside is basically for food production".

The core strategy is likely to be approved by the full council on June 28, after which it will be submitted to Ruth Kelly, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Any remaining public objections will then be considered by an inspector. It is expected to be adopted in July/August 2007.

Protection of the homes already owned by the baby boomers - screw our generation and our desires to own a home and start a family

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Whole parts of the countryside are becoming god's waiting room, populated by well-off retired people.

With planning decisions made by local authorities that serve the interests of aging owner occupiers growing fat on exponential HPI, don't expect planners to look after the interests of young people who don't have housing.

It's time for central government to assign new homes targets to every local authority in England and dock money from centrally funded grants to those councils that don't comply. Residents would have a simple choice, put up with more housebuilding or pay higher council tax.

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Would you want to live in a villiage full of oldies though??

The old are taking over the villages, the big family houses, hell they're buying 2 when they feel like it.

My generation is expected to p*ss off to the cities and live like battery hens in 'luxury flats' with sq footage smaller than the average boomers bathroom.

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Protection of the homes already owned by the baby boomers - screw our generation and our desires to own a home and start a family

Look, the population is shrinking, it only does not appear that way because it is the war generation hitting old age and shuffling of.

We have more homes per head of capita then at any time in history, a population that has a potential to loose millions a year to old age within the normal life span of a "Look at my clever investment" mortgage as the boomers hit their golden years.

You can't have couples producing massivly less then their own number in children and population growth.

And with figures as they stand for there not to be over 1 property per person in 25 years time the country will need to be over 50% immigrants, all on their low wages.. Needing to spend how much for these massivly oversupplied properties???

So, the million dollar brick>?>?

Could happen.. Not this boom though..

The economics are not there

And I missed the

"Aliens land and kidnap a massive proportion of the countries housing" news story in 1997, there is no shortage, we can't afford housing because it was a speculative market for 8 years… People made themselves massivly indebted whilst strangling the economy and convicing themselves that they were rich..

And, investment properties???

Well if people could afford them the debt level would not have grown by £700,000,000,000 in the boom..

Wake up to the fact it has been about the massive levels of credit that has been sold to the great unwashed.. Nothing more.. Nothing less.. All else is smoke and mirrors..

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Look, the population is shrinking, it only does not appear that way because it is the war generation hitting old age and shuffling of.

We've got net immigration of approx 140,000 (since 1996) so the population is expected to grow, not shrink. And people are living longer.

The indigenous population is in decline due to low birth rates.

Many parts of the country are heading towards 50% immigrants. London now has more than 50% immigrants.

I don't see any government stopping the flow of immigrants now because immigrants are the only thing left to drive growth in the UK economy.

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I've had first hand dealings with MDDC planning dept on two occasions. In my opinion they are arrogant and corrupt to the core. They allow huge developments on the edge of villages for 'exclusive' homes £200k+. They run a part-rent-part-buy 'scam' with the developers, apparently you have to meet their 'criteria' before you can get on it, then you have all the associated problems of mortgage refusal with these schemes. They refused my application for CLD on what they considered evidence, which was in fact only the word of a wealthy landowner, no evidence whatsoever! I approached them for advice on a possible ex-industrial, edge of village site for residential. The tossers told me I had no chance for residential, and business use would have to be restricted to something quiet! The site previously had a milking parlor on it, operating at six in the morning and again in the evening, with to enormous machinery sheds next to it, tractors in and out all day!!

Dartmoor planning committee are just as corrupt IMO, the let Gerald Wood build half million pound houses where they like!

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