Chris Thomas, of Ebrington street, Kingsbridge, writes: Justin Haque wrote bemoaning the proposed 'holiday village' at Coltscombe, Slapton, Gazette, May 1, a letter that could not have been more slanted or biased, citing everything from planning guidelines to japanese knotweed. What Mr Haque very cleverly left out from his rant is the fact that this is a very small development designed specifically and only for the use of severely handicapped people. As such this would be the only purpose-built facility in the South West. If you took Mr Haque's letter at face value, which is his obvious intent, we are led to believe that a much larger development is proposed, with the accompanying noise and traffic volume we would all associate with a 'holiday village'. Having seen the proposal, nothing could be further from the truth. Having walked my dog through Coltscombe, the residents amount to half-a-dozen properties, most of which fall into the million-pound bracket; it appears to me that 'this lot' would object to any development on whatever grounds they could find or make up. Mr Haque resorts to comments such as 'this most cynical of applications' – a very low blow, obviously aimed at the developer, Mr Costello, who is a paraplegic and has been wheelchair-bound for many years. Is Mr Costello being cynical? I suggest Mr Haque tries living in a wheelchair for years and trying to find somewhere to go on holiday that meets his needs. I do hope the planning committee look past the ranting of the not-on-my-doorstep brigade and view this development for what it is and for its intended much-needed use.
Can we have salience please?
Thursday 7th May 2015 10:00 pm