Category: Perspectives

Is South Hams District Council meeting its planning responsibilities democratically?

With four substantial planning applications located in the centre of rural Dartington currently under consideration by the District Council, the complexities and challenges of community consultations being held over the Christmas holidays and ever changing COVID restrictions are compounding a truly challenging situation for the parish. It raises the question of whether the planning system…

Is ART work – or survival?

  19th October 2020 It isn’t hard to understand why the current slogan “Art is Work” has gained approval in the UK’s arts communities, especially as a meme on social media. In these fragile times when almost everyone has a hand beseeching in Rishi Sunak’s direction artists fear, not without reason, being ignored and impoverished.…

The South Hams are under threat…

Government proposals to relax planning laws could have a permanent & profound effect on our area. Opinion- 12th September 2020 Updated 18th September 2020 The ‘white paper’ from August 2020 is a consultation which “covers a package of proposals for reform of the planning system in England” Radical reform unlike anything we have seen since…