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  1. The new monthly list from the Planning Inspectorate has now been published but I can’t see the appeal from Provectus listed, can anyone else?
    Perhaps the Inspectorate are waiting for more information from Provectus like D.C.C.!

  2. It would be remiss of me not to say thank you to our local MP Natascha Engel who attended to give us support,along with and others who I did not have the chance to meet and say, thank you ..

  3. At today’s determination meeting in Matlock, a number of people spoke in objection to the Provectus planning application, In deliberation the DCC PA have viewed the application as incomplete, and voted to pass on a REJECT recommendation to the HM Planning Inspectorate, I trust they will see this application is not in the interests of our communities health, our environment welfare, or our regeneration program, It is interesting to note that the Provectus contingent in attendance passed the opportunity to speak in favor of their plan…… Now what does that tell you.!!!.

  4. I wonder if someone could enlighten me as to the current position with a small problem, that, if the coal extraction was to go ahead would inevitably cost ratepayers money.
    As I have always understood there are two quite large water supply pipes crossing the site from North to South and that these are used to transfer large quantities of water between reservoirs. I further understand that in order to facilitate the opencasting these pipes will have to be moved at the water utility’s expense (ratepayers) as they are currently on private land. The last communication that I saw from the Water Authority stated that their preferred route for new pipes or pipe was down the public hihgway (A61)
    Is this correct? Or is this one more catastrophe waiting to happen?

    1. Your understanding re the water pipes is mine too, though why rate payers should subsidize a private company I don’t know, particularly such an incompetent one!
      Regarding the application being decided by the inspectorate. I have always expected this to happen as Provecus was never going to take NO as the answer.
      However, what I do say is that a group of amateurs, ie the Hilltop Action Group proved to be far more professional than Provectus and it as well as other local residents should be proud of their efforts. Whatever happens we didn’t go down without a fight.
      However, I still maintain that Provectus want more than the coal and I’m quite sure that in the fullness of time I will be proved right. Even if they, Provectus do get permission to bespoil our area the fight will not be over as we will have to monitor their every move.
      Well done to everyone.

  5. I have just been looking at NEDC planning website there is screening application for 350 houses on the western edge of coupe lane was that the reason the landowner did not turn up on March 6th

  6. Wow, I can’t believe this has been dragging on for so long!! Surely this cannot be financially viable anymore with the amount of site visits and investigations. Provectus obviously think there is some sort of money in this somewhere and it would be interesting to know how much profit they will make out of this due to the price of coal. This coal going to Drax Power Station would probably be used up in one morning!! It’s just ridiculous and I actually think the longer that this goes on the more of an embarrassment it is for Provectus and it is showing their true colors!!

    1. Almost certainly. Their track record is so poor I don’t know how they had the gall to submit this application in the first place!

  7. “……The secretary of state will normally only do this if the application conflicts with national policy in important ways, or is nationally significant.’

    This statement is on the Planning Inspectorate website. “do this’ refers to calling in an application on local planning for a Government decision which will overrule any local planning decision.
    The Government seem to be actively working to avoid the use of fossil fuels such as coal, so the project would seem to be against National Policy.
    As Provectus are wanting to extract a relatively small amount of coal from the site which, in their words, is only suitable for steam train or domestic use the project would seem to be obviously ‘Not nationally significant’.

    How can we get involved in the Government Planning Inspectorate decision making process to state our case, should it go that far?

  8. 1) No update letter from the Council. Does that mean our previous written objections have been lost/misplaced/don’t count for anything?

    2) Do we need to re-submit those and/or raise new objections?

    3) Lots of new developments since the initial proposals. Do places like ‘Six Halts’, the new owners of ‘The Royal Oak’, the developers of that area and the builders of the 65 new houses on Ashover Road need approaching to add weight to the argument against?

    4) All these new developments are already increasing traffic on the A61. Does that need reviewing/adding to updated objections?

    5) ‘The Avenue’ development will shortly be coming on stream. More traffic and greater urbanisation. Another factor adding to traffic – and more potential objectors?

  9. It looks like Provectus are trying to bypass local planning authorities and press HM Planning Inspectorate to overrule any local objection.
    It has happened before with housing and fracking that HM Planning Inspectorate has approved where local authority has denied planning permission.
    Lets hope they are seen for what they are and planning is refused!!!

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