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Protesters to march on Feniton

11:25 09 January 2014

Feniton residents will be taking to the streets to protest against the impact of national planning policy on rural areas and housing growth of over 40 per cent in the village.

The march on Saturday (January 11) is being organised by local pressure group Fight for Feniton’s Future and the East Devon Alliance.

It will start from 11am at Louvigny Close, opposite Feniton Primary School.

A statement from the march organisers said: “Because of the National Planning Policy Framework, with its presumption in favour of development and no upper limit placed on what constitutes reasonable growth for a community, Feniton is currently battling a major planning appeal inquiry against developers’ plans for a further 235 houses in the village, which, together with the 50 houses won at appeal last year, would increase the size of the village by over 40 per cent.

“East Devon District Council’s draft local plan states that growth of just five per cent is right for Feniton.

“Growth of this level is all the more inappropriate given that the village suffers frequently from flooding - a £1.6million flood defence programme is due to be implemented in the coming years.”

They also point out the nearby new town of Cranbrook will host up to 7,500 homes.

“Whether or not Feniton, with its narrow country lanes and poor local infrastructure, will be forced to accept this level of unsustainable and explosive growth, will be determined by the Planning Inspectorate following a public inquiry.

“What is clear is that if growth of over 40 per cent is approved for Feniton, then no village across the country can consider itself safe. Hence the slogan adopted by Fight for Feniton’s Future and East Devon Alliance ‘When is Enough, Enough?’”

A march was previously held in the village last year, which attracted hundreds of protesters.


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