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Public Inquiry now closed

The Public Inquiry by HM Planning Inspectorate into the Hilltop Opencast Mining proposal by Provectus Remediation Ltd ended on Thursday 7 December 2017.

The Inspector has now gone away to write her report and make her decision about whether planning permission should be granted.


H.M. Planning Inspectorate have said the decision will be issued on or before Monday 12 February 2018


Hilltop Action Group would like to thank all those who attended the Public Inquiry and took the opportunity to speak against the plans.

Particularly:

  • Lee Rowley – MP for NE Derbyshire
  • Ted Mansbridge – Clay Cross Parish Councillor
  • George Stevenson – Kenning Park Community Group
  • Anne Harris – Coal Action Network

Many local residents were in attendance throughout the 7 days the Inquiry was in session. They were able put their concerns to HM Inspector and to ask searching questions of the appellant’s expert witnesses and planning consultant after they had given their evidence and been cross examined.


 

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Public Inquiry Final Day

Day 6 of the Public inquiry into the Hilltop Opencast Mining Application by Provectus Remediation Ltd has just finished.

The Public Inquiry is the result of an appeal by the applicant to HM Planning Inspectorate on the grounds of non-determination. The inquiry is being held at the Donut Creative Arts Studio, Springbank Road, Chesterfield, S40 1NL

Tomorrow morning, cross examination of Richard Hunt, Planning Consultant for Provectus Remediation Ltd by Richard Kimblin QC for DCC will be completed.

Final summing up by the barristers for Provectus Remediation Ltd, St Modwen (opposing the appeal) and Derbyshire County Council (opposing the appeal) will take place tomorrow afternoon.

We do not expect the Inspector’s decision to be delivered until some time after the end of the Public Inquiry – likely to be a number of months!

This outcome of this Inquiry will have important consequences for local communities and the Clay Cross Regeneration Scheme.

Don’t forget…
Venue for the Public Inquiry:
Donut Creative Arts Studio
Springbank Road, Chesterfield, S40 1NL

 

Please make every effort to come along and ensure a good turn out  to hear the final summing up

Autumn 2017 Update

The Public Inquiry

The Public Inquiry into the Hilltop Opencast Application is now only a few weeks away. The dates and venue have now been fixed.

10am Tuesday 28 November 2017
Donut Creative Arts Studio
Springbank Road, Chesterfield, S40 1NL
(Estimated number of sitting days: 10)

We understand that the Inspector is prepared to grant time for local residents to address the Inquiry – possibly on the first day. More details about this once we have confirmation.

The Appeal Reference is APP/U1050/W/16/3166227


New Documents from Provectus

Provectus Remediation Ltd has recently provided additional information that was requested by the Planning Inspectorate under Regulation 22 of the Environmental Impact Assessment regulations 201. They have also voluntarily submitted a new landscape and visual impact assessment and a greenhouse gas statement. These new documents are on the Derbyshire County Council website. (Links to documents below)

Anyone who wishes to make representations about this information should do so in writing before 19 October 2017, to Derbyshire County Council, or by use of the facility on the County Councils Website (www.derbyshire.gov.uk) or by email addressed to: planningrepresentations@derbyshire.gov.uk.

All representations received will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate.

Hilltop Action Group are preparing a response which we will publish on this website once it has been submitted to DCC.


Links to documents recently submitted by Provectus