Appeal considered after stone bid refused
FARMER and businessman Richard Haddock has launched an attack on Torbay's planners.
His outburst follows a recent refusal by planners to allow him to use and sell recycled stone from his business, Churston Soil Recovery, at Churston Ferrers, Brixham.
Mr Haddock claimed the decision went against Torbay Council's focus on job creation and he was speaking to lawyers about his next move and considering an appeal.
He said: "We've lost a £1million loan guarantee which would have helped us sort out brownfield problems in the Bay and helped create more jobs.
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"Do we need jobs in the Bay or not?
"I appear to have had trouble at every step of the way even for the most simplest of applications I have put in in the past."
The planning committee debating Mr Haddock's plans was told his reuse of stone and waste crab shell from the Blue Sea Food Company's processing operation had won the Devon Environmental Business Award.
But the committee refused permission for him to sell larger stones as aggregate for the construction industry.
It ruled it amounted to industrial use in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The application had received 150 letters of objection.
Mr Haddock said he had spoken to his lawyers to consider his next move.
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "The decision notice will be issued shortly, after which time Mr Haddock has the right to appeal and the council will deal with any such application appropriately."