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Review: Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe

Books on the Brain

9780143113232lChez Moi by Agnes Desarthe was written in the author’s native French and translated into English.  This meandering story is about Myriam, a 40 something woman with a haunted past who secures a bank loan based on a fictitious resume to open a restaurant.  Chez Moi (“my home”) is just that, both home and eatery, tucked into a small corner on a quiet Paris street without so much as a sign announcing it.  Myriam sleeps on a donated banquette in the dining room and bathes in a deep stainless steel sink in the kitchen.

 Myriam attempts to do everything by herself- shopping, cooking, cleaning, waiting tables, and bookkeeping.  She’s a talented cook but doesn’t have any business sense whatsoever.  Almost despite herself she begins to have regular customers but soon finds she cannot do it all alone.  Just when she needs him most, the…

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Knowle Appeal upheld by Inspector. What impact on a ‘balanced community’ for our town ?

via Knowle Appeal upheld by Inspector. What impact on a ‘balanced community’ for our town ?

Knowle decision to be made known by end of January 2018

via Knowle decision to be made known by end of January 2018

Knowle: on Friday (1st Dec), Inquiry heard barristers’ closing statements, and saw the agreement signed by EDDC and PegasusLife

via Knowle: on Friday (1st Dec), Inquiry heard barristers’ closing statements, and saw the agreement signed by EDDC and PegasusLife

Knowle: on Friday (1st Dec), Inquiry heard barristers’ closing statements, and saw the agreement signed by EDDC and PegasusLife

Save Our Sidmouth

The last topic for examination in Friday’s session of the Appeal Inquiry (1st December) was planning obligations and conditions as set out in the S106 agreement signed between PegasusLife and East Devon District Council. To view the S106  agreement, go to  http://planningapps.eastdevon.gov.uk/Planning/StreamDocPage/obj.pdf?DocNo=2880743&PDF=true&content=obj.pdf

Most of the day had been taken up by lengthy closing statements by the two barristers who addressed the issues identified by the Inspector, namely the impact on:
Character and appearance of the area
Residential amenity
C2 or C3
The listed summerhouse.

Some points which emerged, are believed to be as follows:

-Neither side asked for costs.

-The section 106 agreement now includes an overage clause so if PegasusLife make greater profits than expected they will have to pay the Council for public benefit.

-The interpretation of “on-site team” of carers seems to be unclear.  Residents must sign up for a minimum of 2 hours ‘extra care’…

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Knowle Appeal Inquiry considers massing, scale, and “an original Fish”

via Knowle Appeal Inquiry considers massing, scale, and “an original Fish”

More on Planning Inquiry ,Thursday 30th November 2017: Design and Heritage.

via More on Planning Inquiry ,Thursday 30th November 2017: Design and Heritage.