Comment on: Neighbourhood plan seen as pro-development
I am a Dawlish resident and I feel completely disengaged and disenfranchised from this planning. I was asked for opinions occasionally, my comments were disregarded and at one stage made a mockery of. Throughout this planning, I felt that community involvement was nothing more than a tick-box exercise. Wording throughout the plan is "airy" and non-committal. The questionnaires provided were over-simplified, insulting, disingenuous and misleading in many ways.
In my opinion Dawlish residents were ridden roughshod to drive this plan through, and though they *say* it's 900 dwellings, actually there are a LOT more - because they've chosen not to take into account other planning already in the pipeline. I believe the plan has ignored both Dawlish's very unique topography, and its unusual demographics, and that so many dwellings are unsustainable in a place with higher-than-average unemployment,
The local road/rail network really is not appropriate for this scale of development. Seems it's all about the money! So I believe, that despite what the press releases say - the majority of Dawlish residents do NOT want 900-PLUS more dwellings - NOT on the basis of nimbyism, but on the basis that they are simply unsustainable.
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