CPRE win victory in battle with developers

Dover-Farthingloe-from-Mount-Road-Vic-030Fabulous news today as the Campaign to Protect Rural England won a landmark victory at the Supreme Court to prevent a development in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The developers, who wanted to build over 500 homes and a retirement village in the beautiful countryside around Farthingloe near Dover in Kent, were supported by Dover District Council and local MP Charlie Elphicke, who was recently suspended from duty after allegations of sexual misconduct.

Despite Charlie Elphicke’s outburst in which he claimed the Supreme Court had put the views of an out of touch campaign group over the needs of local people, the supreme court felt that Dover District Council had not give adequate reasons for granting planning to the developers in the first place.

Well done CPRE for seeing this through and taking action against inappropriate developments and councils who appear too often in the pockets of the money men behind these hideous housing estates.

It is Charlie Elphicke that is out of touch with what is really happening in his constituency if he believes that any of the jobless youth of Dover, an area where unemployment has soared, could ever afford one of the houses that the developers would have built in this beautiful area of countryside.

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2 thoughts on “CPRE win victory in battle with developers

  1. Super result. But we must be on guard. The locals may have got a few jobs building them but no one would be able to afford them, even outsiders would struggle as being a prime location prices would have been a premium.

    Instead Charlie Elphicke and and his developer friends should buy up empty houses, refurbish them and the squats around town, convert empty business units and force developers to build on sites they already own (but are waiting for land prices to rise to sell on for a profit without putting anything into the community) and regenerate the town not the countryside. The countryside is recreational space for people to visit and relax and enjoy away from the every day buzz of town life.

    Charlie Elphicke needs to get his head out of the sand and smell the coffee. His is no doubt upset as he may have wanted one of the new houses and to be close to his community he allegedly represents.

  2. Here, here. All this unaffordable house building is not dealing with the real issues at all and is just making a few rich people even richer. Maybe these rich men are the real community Mr Elphicke represents

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