Planning for Sustainable Development
John Benton ; Others, The Independent (London, England)
From Mr John Benton and others
Sir: What would Esther Oxford say if we arrived at her house without appointment, climbed over her garden fence and wandered into her kitchen? Or of we interviewed her most objectionable neighbours about her personal habits? This is how she treated the Tinkers Bubble community in her article "Not so hippy, not so happy" (5 September).
Having arrived on a day when all but two of us were out, she suggested that we had "dispersed". She insulted many of the people of Norton whom she has never met by stating that they shared the prejudices of a vociferous minority. And she insulted members of the Trust that she has never met by calling us workshy, "grubby paupers".
Above all she failed to mention that allegations of "tribal drumming", "endangering deer", "traffic congestion", "fire risk", "controversial shit-pit" and so on were carefully examined at the planning inquiry in Norton village hall - and dismissed. The DoE inspector, who visited the site, concluded that "there was no significant nuisance now", that "the development would cause no harm to amenity", and was even an example of "sustainable development". …