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Busy Week For New Waveney District Councillor

September 20, 2018 10:00 PM

DAVID BEAVAN SPEAKS TO LIB DEM BRIGHTON CONFERENCE & VOTES AGAINST THE ST FELIX SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PLANS

It was a busy week for new Lib Dem Councillor David Beavan. On Monday he summated an amendment to the Party's debate at the Brighton Conference on Affordable Homes and raised the issue for which he has campaigned long and hard -the closure of the tax loophole on second homes. On Tuesday he was back in the Waveney Council Chamber to speak up against the plans for the St Felix School site in Reydon, near Southwold and add his support to the Campaign Group RAGE who are attempting to stop the sale of school land to allow 69 houses to be built.

IN HIS SPEECH TO A PACKED BRIGHTON CONFERENCE ON MONDAY, DAVID SAID:

ON TUESDAY DAVID WAS BACK IN LOWESTOFT TO ADD HIS VOICE TO THE ST FELIX SCHOOL PLANS:

Waveney District councillors passed the next stage of the plans by a single vote, by six votes to five going against issues raised by campaigners.

Saint Felix School, applied for outline planning permission for the homes to enable the sale of the land to proceed.

Campaigners and councillors highlighted the fact the new playing fields will be on grounds already used for athletic activities, concerns over affordable housing turning into second homes. and safety issues.

The decision was branded by Southwold and Reydon district councillor David Beavan, who has campaigned against second homes in the area, as "wrong". David Beavan

David Beavan said: "I am extremely disappointed and I don't see any benefit to houses we can't afford and a swimming pool we can't use. It isn't nimbyism, it is the wrong time, the wrong place, and the wrong decision."

RAGE, a 160 members strong campaign group has been lobbying against the proposal said: "We were disappointed by the result on St Felix but it is not the end of the road. The planning officers and the Planning Committee have got the law wrong and if or when tonight's decision is formally confirmed we expect to go to court for a judicial review."

Acknowledgement to Conor.Matchett@archant.co.uk - East Anglian Daily Times 19th September 2018.

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