Tuesday, September 09, 2008
No Green living in Pembroke
Stop fiddling with red tape while Rome burns and help us build a green future” Eco-village Pioneers urge planners!
Wales’ greenest planning application has been refused today by Pembrokeshire County Council. The proposal, near the village of Glandwr, North Pembrokeshire features 9 eco-smallholdings, a community centre and mini-bus service open to the public.
Paul Wimbush, project coordinator, is disappointed in the planners report.”The report contradicts itself over and over again, is misleading and wholly misrepresents our application. I am sad to say that I am not surprised, having experienced unjustified delays, lost files, and a general level of incompetence that leads me to believe that Pembrokeshire planners do not have the resources or skills necessary to be processing such applications. The planners assured us that our application would be assessed on permaculture principles. On receiving the report, we have found that the entire application has been assessed on standard agricultural criterea and has thus been recommended for refusal. The whole point of the new policy 52 is about creating a lifestyle from the land rather than focusing only on profit. This difference between permaculture and agriculture is crucial.”