Richard Weeks is a small farmer, whose family has owned and farmed land near Dawlish for over half a centaury. Richard does not want housing development on his land, he just wants to continue farming; he has rejected the large amount of money be could make by selling up. Unfortunately Teignbridge Council want to force him to give up a third of his land for a 'coastal park'. The council is required to offset the loss of land for the very building on the countryside Richard opposes and provide alternative green space.
Richard argues that taking a third of his land would put him out of business. Richard is fac
ing at a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for his land at agricultural price. This is Conservative run Teignbridge District Council.