In this issue: we detail our concerns about the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport, questioning why the boundary encompasses so much of the AONB; we examine the threat of pollution to the local economy, and who profits; we take a look at enforcement at Hendham and how the Butterford saga rolls on; we note officers have refused an application to convert agricultural buildings to residential; we report on the other work being done by our planning team; and we explain why we have less than a week to save our rivers.

In this issue: we report how the Society had helped ensure the Alston Gate developer would still be required to deliver on their 50% affordable commitment; we explain why the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill will take away power from local communities and place it in the hands of whoever happens to be the Secretary of State; we admit to failing to stop the proposed Collaton development; we look back to 2012 and the Society’s vision for the Joint Local Plan; we explain why proposals for Sand Pebbles are both out of place and out of proportion; and we suggest the construction of an agricultural storage building at Butterford has been permitted in error.

In this issue: we explained how Exeter-based social enterprise Treeconomics is able to financially evaluate the benefits provided by trees; we challenged those DMC members who erroneously claimed that, in failing to comment upon an application, the AONB Unit were giving consent; we discussed putting a stop to planning by the back door; we objected to both a proposal for 10 houses on a site outside the development boundary of Outer Hope Cove and a Salcombe Yawl Landing Stage; we argued the need for planning enforcement to be timely for it to be effective; and we looked back to the 1980s and ‘grand plans’ for the Kingsbridge-Salcombe estuary.