|Posted by Stephen Newton on May 28, 2015 at 12:10 PM|
Update 8 May 28th 2015
At our meeting last Thursday we agreed to take a number of issues back to WBC for clarification and further comment, the questions and answers are summarised below.
Planning Process and timing of appeal:
The process and timing of the appeal is determined by the Planning Inspectorate.
It is likely that the planning application appeal and the enforcement notice appeal will be linked and heard at a public inquiry. We have just had a date set for another enforcement appeal which is 16 Dec. Therefore we anticipate that the Inquiry will not be until next year.
There is an informal hearing into this appeal arranged (attached) with date to be confirmed ??? residents can input until 26th June 2015
Environmental Impact on flood plain:
The flood plain maps are produced by the Environment Agency.
The site is not in the flood plain. Residents would find it useful to read the officers report in relation to the previously refused planning appeal which is on the Council's web site under application reference: F/2014/1582
Restoration of land to previous conditions: The enforcement notice requires restoration of the land to its former condition. If the appeal is dismissed the enforcement notice will come into effect and restoration is required.
Drainage and sanitation:
There is a portaloo on site and presumably camping toilets within the caravans.
There is no connection to sewers. Provision of fresh water
The temporary injunction prevented any further engineering operations. On 13 May the Council applied for the order to be made permanent. The travellers did not object to the order being made permanent but asked if they could undertake the work to connect to the water supply (provided by Thames Water). The judge agreed that this work could be carried out (subject to consent from Thames Water)
The travellers pay Thames Water to connect to the water supply and then receive water bills
Is it for drinking only: It is a water supply just like to a house. However, there is no connection to foul drainage so not possible to have flushing toilets.
If used for sanitation is it a breach of the injunction: The injunction prevents further engineering/building works and prevents further caravans from being moved onto the site.
There are no restrictions on what they can do with the water but there are restrictions on connecting to foul drainage.
Which school will the children attend, what if residents have not been able to get children into the same school? The Council would not disclose which schools the children attend as this information is confidential.
These answers have been provided by the Council and have been shared with you without any comments or additions by ourselves We will continue with updates as and when we have relevant information (good or bad) to share with
Your Kind Regards
John Walker Chairman EARA
Ken Rowlands Chairman NAG