Sniperley Park Inquiry starts 30th January

The Public Inquiry into the Sniperley Park development will start on Tuesday 30th January at 10am. The location is the Chester-le-Street county cricket ground. 15 sitting days have been allocated to it and subsequent days will start at 9.30. As a public inquiry, anyone can attend to watch.

Documents relevant to the inquiry can be found here.

The draft programme as of 24th January is available.

The Trust will be represented there throughout.

The County Council has set out 5 reasons for challenging the developers’ proposals. These are what it alleges are a series of failures to:

  1. Conform to the Council’s masterplan;
  2. Deliver sustainable transport options for future residents;
  3. Provide education facilities;
  4. Demonstrate that a district heating system is not feasible;
  5. Provide playing field facilities.

The Trust will be particularly interested in the first two items and we have submitted extensive documentation on both matters. Quite what opportunities we have to influence the outcome remains to be seen. We are an interested party but not a main participant at the inquiry. It will depend very much on the inspector, Mrs H Hockenhull, how much opportunity we are given. We are coordinating our planning with the Western Relief Road Action Group that is also particularly interested in the transport issues, and CPRE The Countryside Charity that is particularly concerned about the Green Belt.

A previous post gives links to our statement of case for the appeal, and to the original four associated planning applications.

As the appeal progresses we will keep you updated.

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