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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


 

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Planning Inquiry date announced

The date for the Planning Inquiry into the Hilltop Opencast Scheme has been announced by HM Planning Inspectorate.

The Public Inquiry will commence on Tuesday 28 November 2017 .

It is scheduled to take 10 days (not including weekends and not normally Mondays) so this means the last day of the inquiry will probably be Wednesday 13 December.

The venue has not yet been announced but we understand it will be local – probably Chesterfield.

Details of the Inquiry can be found here on HM Planning Inspectorate’s website.

Reality Check

It appears that Provectus might be loosing their grip on reality. A number of assertions were made in the statement published on their website on Sunday 5 March 2017.

The reality is:

  1. The site meeting by members of the Planning Committee took place today. Representatives of Hilltop Action Group and local residents attended. Provectus and the landowners chose not to attend.
  2. The report and recommendations of the DCC Planning Officers will be published later this week.
  3. The report will be considered by the Planning Committee on 17 March 2017.
  4. There is nothing on H.M. Planning Inspectorate website to indicate that an appeal has been lodged and accepted by Provectus Remediation Ltd.

Once the Planning Officers’ report and recommendations have been published and we have had the chance to digest we will publish a summary here.

What is going on?

Whatever we thought was happening probably isn’t!

At 8pm today Steve Langford, of Provectus Remediation Ltd, posted a comment on our ‘Have your say‘ page stating that they had placed a new statement on their website (the first since February 2016!).

It states that the Hilltop Planning application is now going to be dealt with by H.M. Planning Inspectorate rather than Derbyshire County Council.

You can read the Provectus statement here –  spend a few minutes reading it and you’ll be just as clear as us about what is happening!

As this has appeared on Sunday evening there is not much we can do to find out what is going on. Is tomorrows site meeting still going to happen?

So far the Provectus appeal has not appeared on the Planning Inspectorate website so we have no idea what format the hearing will take or the time scale.

As soon as we find out more we’ll let you know.

 

Things are moving at last

It’s been a long time since we last posted on the website because there had been nothing to report. Now, everything seems to be happening at once.

Another round of consultation

In the last few days the Planning Authority have put notices up on local telegraph poles announcing a further  consultation period until 16 March 2017. [Click here to see a copy of the notice]

Regulation 22 is the mechanism used to request further information from the applicant when there are shortcomings in the Environmental Impact Assessment. This has to be followed by a statutory 21 day consultation period.

There appears to be only one document submitted by Provectus Remediation Ltd recently in response to this request – Application Document Flood Risk clarification.

This is a brief two page document plus a photograph. Interestingly, the document is watermarked ‘Draft’, unsigned on unheaded paper with no corporate heading, contact details or date. Hardly a professional looking document!

Council’s Regulatory Planning Committee

Letters have also been sent out to everyone who has sent in objection to the planning application informing them that the application is to be put to  a meeting of the Regulatory Planning Committee for consideration on Friday 17 March 2017 (this is immediately after the consultation period).

[If you have not received a letter, click here to see a copy of it]

The letter gives details of what to do if you wish to speak at this meeting.

[A document ‘Procedure for Public Participation at Meetings of the Regulatory Planning and Control Committee‘ has been provided by DCC to give further guidance.]

The letter also give notice of a site visit by committee members on Monday 6 March 2017.


In the next couple of weeks Hilltop Action Group will be

  • submitting what we hope will be our last objection to this planning application before 16 March 2017
  • attending the site visit on 6 March 2017
  • co-ordinating speakers for the 17 March meeting