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  • Richard Morris
    Folks, The following may be of interest. Turners Field is pioneering permaculture project, in Somerset which has been running courses for several years and
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 13, 2002
      Folks,
      The following may be of interest.
      Turners Field is pioneering permaculture project, in Somerset which has
      been running courses for several years and have recently been appealing
      a decision to have their planning permission removed.

      Ann Morgan wrote:
      >
      > the decision from the planning inspectorate after the public inquiry in
      > february has arrived!
      > The summary reads: The appeal is dismissed and the enforcement notice
      > is upheld with corrections and variations
      >
      > So ~ for the first day or two after it arrived I just felt hurt and sad
      > that our world is like this, with the frame of values held by the
      > planning authority seemingly stuck fast. There's a lot that could be
      > said, but for now I just wanted you all to know that now I'm fine and
      > feeling positive again. The new situation needs to be seen as an
      > opportunity. The planners have said, "no, you can't have our approval
      > for what you're doing. You didn't do this, and that, you failed to turn
      > TF into the recognisable institution that we wanted it to be."
      > If the decision had been 'positive', we would have soon been heavily
      > involved with eco-building plans, fundraising for it etc. As it is, the
      > planners have said they don't want to co-operate with us at all,
      > negotiate or co-create anything. How they think they are going to
      > fulfill the stated objectives of their Agenda 21, sustainable
      > development, rural regeneration responsibilities they don't say ~ but
      > Ann Norgan and TF are deemed by them to be a failure that must be
      > cleared up. They have said that the site doesn't need to be returned to
      > bare agricultural land, yet what they expect to happen here now they
      > don't say. Human habitation over the past 16 years has created a very
      > different invironment. It can't simply be abandoned to grow into what?
      > on its own!
      > However, luckily it is not their decision alone what happens here next,
      > but up to all of us. There is the possibility of taking the case to the
      > High Court of course, which involves applying for legal aid, which it is
      > not certain I would get, and applying for leave to appeal, which would
      > only be granted if it was clear that there was a legal point to
      > address. The Human Rights legislation is probably the only way in and
      > the barrister who acted for Tf at the inquiry is looking at the
      > situation.
      > This refusal of the authorities to be creatively involved at any price,
      > maybe now means that something newly interesting, brave and imaginative
      > can happen! What might it be?
      > I shall sit with it for a while and wait for inspiration and/or messages
      > from wherever.
      > With love and appreciation to all of you, for your help, interest and
      > support.
      > >From Ann
      > Watch this space!


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