|Cllr Dave Loveridge "Never seen|
a more blatant show of Nimby-ism"
At this weeks Development Control Committee, a large solar farm in the vicinity of the Meads (involving some 75,000 panels) was given the go-ahead, yet the same meeting rejected the housing application in West Bridgwater by David Wilson Homes to build 187 houses off Haygrove farm, which had been recommended by Sedgemoor Planning officers.
Labour Councillor Dave Loveridge (Eastover) said " It was a split vote amongst the Tories with some voting for and some against or abstaining.So the chairman (Cllr Bob Filmer) had the casting vote as it was 7-7. Unusually the Chairman cast against the recommendation and so now we have lost 50 affordable homes in the town, which I think is quite scandalous. I felt that I was watching an old Brian Rix Farce. And as for the decision to stop the housing but allow the solar farm and eco park it is so ludicrous as to be laughable. I have never seen a more blatant show of NIMBYism and one Wembdon resident was so vitriolic that she said we should build it on brownfield sites in the deprived area of Eastover, her words not mine, I was heartily sickened by the whole issue."
In similar cases to this, local authorities have lost any subsequent appeal and have had costs awarded against them whilst the applicant will make some minor changes and re-submit. For the Tories it spells trouble as it means the Nimby Tendancy has swung elements of the party behind them in resisting development in their areas whilst foisting it on the rest of the town.
Cllr Loveridge added "I am convinced that it will now go to appeal and David Wilson Homes will win and inevitably cost SDC thousands maybe tens of thousands. The tail is wagging the dog here and they know that without the housing then the Eco park will not happen, as I said NIMBY rules in Wemdon and Durleigh. "