To: South Hams District Council planning department.

Bantham 2017: stop the proposed development of Bantham village and beach.

Bantham 2017: stop the proposed development of Bantham village and beach.

We are asking the planning department at South Hams District Council to prevent the proposed developments of Bantham village and beach, by the man who promised to leave them undeveloped when he bought them.

Why is this important?

When Nicholas Johnston bought the Bantham estate, much against the wishes of most locals, he promised that he would leave it untouched. Now he is proposing to develop both the village and the beach, even going so far as to say that he will not be making the new housing affordable for local people (which, in a part of the country that has some of the most unaffordable housing available, should be a priority for any development, rather than lining the pockets of a man who has already proven he has no love for the people born and bred here). This is completely unacceptable to those of us who have enjoyed Bantham in its current form for so many decades, but more importantly to the people who live in the village. The infrastructure around Bantham village struggles as it is, this development would make a bad situation worse, in particular for the existing village residents, especially during the summer months. This Old Etonian, multi-millionaire friend of David Cameron, who has more than enough to survive on already, should not be allowed to profit from developing an unspoilt gem in our coastal countryside, especially when his proposals offer absolutely nothing for local people. You can read about his plans here... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4216762/Millionaire-bought-village-plans-transform-it.html

Please note that I have no legal training, I have started this petition in the hope of showing the authorities that there is a depth of feeling against such inappropriate plans for a much loved local beauty spot. Please share this petition with as many people as possible, especially with people from the Bantham area and wider South Hams. Thank you for your support.

How it will be delivered

The signatures on this petition will be delivered to the planning department, likely by email, prior to their review of these proposals. Currently a date has not been set, but as soon as there are firm proceedings in place I will make the result of this petition available to the proper authorities.

Bantham

Reasons for signing

  • The South Hams is under assault not just from this but the Burgh Island 'carbuncle' and the Taylor Wimpey development in Wembury. There is enough development in the South Hams with Sherford. I thought Bantham and Bigbury would be spared. The Evans Estate preserved Bantham with honour and now we have this scum individual imposing his nouveau riche ideas on us. This priceless, untouched South Hams beach and village should never suffer this- or the individual who purchased it.
  • Over development in this beautiful area, will spoil it for everyone who lives here!
  • Proposals are totally inappropriate and out of keeping in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Updates

2017-02-20 16:39:13 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2017-02-16 23:05:39 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2017-02-16 19:11:05 +0000

500 signatures reached

2017-02-16 12:20:58 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-02-16 10:19:47 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-02-16 09:40:56 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-02-16 09:09:04 +0000

10 signatures reached