Update 6 May 23rd 2015
Thank you for attending the meeting on Thursday evening, as agreed this is a copy of the statement made by Mark Ashwell
The planning situation is as follows:
There is currently an appeal against the refusal of the planning application. The procedure for determining the appeal has not yet been agreed. However, the Council has served a planning enforcement notice. It is likely that this will be appealed and that the Planning Inspectorate will link the two appeals and change the procedure to a Public Inquiry. The Planning Inspectorate will set a date for the Inquiry. There are currently delays at the Planning Inspectorate. It is the guestimate that we will have to wait about three months for an Inquiry date to be set and the Inquiry may not take place until early next year.
In the meantime the enforcement notice is held in abeyance.
Local residents can attend and speak at Hearings and Inquiries.
This is the link to the Planning Inspectorate's guidance.
Local residents could consider clubbing together and appointing their own planning consultant to represent them at the appeal if they chose.
The appeal will either be allowed or dismissed. We usually have to wait about 4 months for appeal decisions. If allowed the pitches can stay. If dismissed the enforcement notices comes into effect. The enforcement notice requires the caravans to be removed 9 month after it comes into effect.
The existing injunction prevents any further caravans coming onto the site.
We will do everything possible to accelerate this process
Cllr Mark Ashwell
WBC Evendons Ward
This statement has been provided by the Council and has been shared with you without any comments or additions by ourselves
We will in addition be taking forward a list of questions to WBC to seek clarification on any and all the outstanding points that came up at the meeting, these questions will include any raised prior to, during and after the meeting.
We would also like to thank you for your contributions both before and after the meeting as well as on the night, we will not respond individually to those points but rest assured they will be included in our questions
We will continue with updates as and when we have relevant information (good or bad) to share with you
John Walker Chairman EARA Ken Rowlands Chairman NAG