[Fwd: turners' field]
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
> 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
> >From Ann
> Watch this space!
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