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Latest News – Hawkwell Planning Appeal

January 29, 2010 by  

I have to tell you that it was pointed out to me in a legal opinion that because the Council was NOT contesting Highway matters in the Appeal then if I
had done so, and continued to have the legal status (Rule 6) of a full participant in the Appeal, then I personally ran the risk of an application for
award of costs being made against me !!

I did not feel that could just drop the highway concerns that residents have raised with me and I could not face the risk of costs being made
against me either.  So instead of being a special participant I will now have to just act as your Councillor who CAN raise highway issues.

So I have submitted my case for dismissal of the Appeal by the deadline last Wednesday and you can read it at the following link if you wish.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1063718/hawkwellappeal.pdf

Caroline Spelman MP in replies to Hawkwell residents, as well as speaking to the ECHO, promises that the regional housing targets would go.

Politically speaking Coombes Farm stands more chance of being dropped because it is not put forward in the Council’s Core Strategy because remember that,
despite the protest from Hawkwell in the Public Consultation about the the Core Strategy, the Council has now submitted 175 houses for Hawkwell anyway.

Unless all of the housing targets are removed by a Conservative Government AND there is a real political miracle with the Conservative run Council removing
THEIR requirement for 175 houses then Hawkwell WILL LOSE OUT.

And that is even if the Appeal for 330 is dismissed because the 175 in policy MUST be removed as well.

I suspect that the only commitment which will be given will be one that the housing requirements will be “reviewed”.  Reviews have the habit of changing nothing, especially once developers have had their say after an election and I would be wary of stopping any campaign until there is new ink with new numbers which are committed to !!

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