Sladnor Park

Torbay Council in Devon are in danger of chalking up an ignominious first – a refusal to re-designate Neighbourhood Forums. Neighbourhood Forums are a feature of the Tory/Lib Dem flagship Localism Act of 2011 which transfers a greater say in planning decisions to those most affected – the local communities. The great idea was that Local Authorities work with their communities to produce a Local Plan which outlines the … Continue reading Sladnor Park

Torbay Council

Every now and again, an article inspires readers to get in touch with a nugget of a story. This happened over Christmas time following our two articles about Torbay Council here and here. The Country Squires were pointed to an article one reader had prepared in connection with the dubious approval of a proposed major planning development in the heart of Torquay, and then by another reader to … Continue reading Torbay Council

The Torquay Pavilion Storm

Torquay has been a turbulent place of late, politically at least. Whether it’s alleged conflicts of interest or repeating votes of no confidence in elected officials based in the area, or planning bodies who run roughshod over wishes of local residents and ward councillors, one would wonder what advantages there are to a person, or their loved ones, in stepping up to get elected in the first place. The turbulence … Continue reading The Torquay Pavilion Storm