The following letter was sent to the Editor of the EDP and copied to us. It will be interesting to see
a) if it is published and
b) if any part is edited out!
This week we have heard
three of the most serious statements made by not only our prime minister
of the UK but also statements made by 'leaders', closer to home!.
Firstly, the prime minister stated on BBC's Countryfile that we need to
embrace localism' and the government will NOT allow large unwanted
estates to be pushed upon villages from above, instead, we should look
at 'dispersal' of small numbers of houses built in villages to help with
'local' housing targets.
Secondly, when questioned regarding the number
of planning applications for thousands of houses 'passed' and not being
built, the 'Leader' of Broadland DC stated 'we are in the hands of the
developers'? What exactly is this supposed to mean? Surely the leader
and his planners are supposed to be our 'buffer' from them?
and worst of all, the CEO of Broadland DC, has an 'idea' to help
'kick-start' the house building in Broadland'....'we will either relax
or even negate the need for planning permission in certain areas and
even 'assist' developers'? and he intends to put this suggestion before
the Broadland Cabinet for consideration on 17th January.....
Sir, is he
MAD! ? What makes him think he can promote such a scheme when NO OTHER
authority in any part of Europe is even contemplating this? The planning
rules and regulations are there in place for planning officials and
cabinet to put a stop to 'rogue' developers from building as and where
THEY see fit!... surely the prime concern of strategic planners and
environmental officers is to protect US ( the people who actually PAY
their wages) from 'carpetbaggers as well as 'fly-tippers'?. It is the
duty of paid officers to represent the majority wishes of Broadland and
it's about time that they started to listen to not only them, but their
conscience as well....
R.S.Lindsay.Back Lane, Rackheath."