Say NO to Route 39
Route 39 have had their planning application for Steart Farm as the permanent site for their 700 pupil secondary school REJECTED by 8 votes to 1.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to everyone who has written in.
Seasonal Greetings to all
However ...The Fight Goes On
The appeal is now in and the deadline for further comments is 7th January 2015.
The Secretary of State has directed that he shall determine the appeal instead of an Inspector. This means that instead of writing a decision, the Inspector will prepare a report and recommendation, which will be forwarded to the Secretary of State.
The reason for this direction is that Route 39's appeal involves "proposals for development of major importance having more than local significance."
For more information go to the TDC planning portal and just search Steart Farm.
One Last Push!
If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so as follows:
1) Log in to the Planning Inspectorate website to search for the appeal.
2) Enter the reference 2228355 and click on the "Search for Cases" button.
3) Click on the highlighted case reference to bring up the case summary
4) Click on "Comment on this Case" at the bottom of the page and follow instructions.
Please state clearly why you believe Steart Farm is the wrong site for the school.
The TDC Councillors turned it down because:
- of the dangerous road,
- the unsustainability of the site due to its remoteness from centres of population,
- greenhouse gases,
- the scale of the development within the sensitive AONB,
- adverse impact on visual amenity,
You can support these reasons or any of your own.
TDC quoted that the application is contrary to NPPF paras 115 and 116, 29, 30,34 35 and DVT 18, DVT 19, DVT 2c, ENV1, ENV5 and ENV6 of TDLP. Do quote these policies.
The fact that the Planning Officer recommended approval is now irrelevant as the Inspector will review all the evidence again.
Please be passionate about this and use only material planning reasons ...that will carry much more weight!
If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies in one envelope to:
The Planning Inspectorate,
Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.
Please communicate your objection by the
deadline of 7th January 2015.
Parents Let Down
Following the 8-1 rejection of their planning application for Steart Farm, Route 39 are now going to appeal.
appeal process could take several months, and with Gove gone and a
general election due next May, it is by no means certain approval will
be forthcoming. So a permanent school is still years away.
means children currently in Years 9 and 10, and those coming up in
Years 7 and 8, will be studying for their GCSEs in temporary, cramped
Compare what is being
offered by Bideford College, with their extensive, university standard
facilities, and the excellent exam results of Holsworthy Community
College, and one wonders why ANY parent should chose to disadvantage
their child by opting for experimental Route 39.
trustees have mishandled the whole planning procedure from beginning to
end, badly letting down the parents who were led to believe the school
would offer their child an outstanding, state-of-the-art education.
refusing to consider a plan B, and by alienating the local community,
Parish Councils and Consultees, the Trustees have shown a blinkered
arrogance that beggars belief.
exceptionally high attrition rate is evidence of the disillusionment and
dissatisfaction felt amongst Route 39 parents. Trying the school for a
few weeks (or, in some cases, only a few days) many of them have removed
their child and returned to the established local schools.
far the Trustees have put a spin on every failure, but how long can
this farce go on before even the most faithful turn their backs on them?
Do not let Route 39 destroy
our precious AONB