A notice has appeared on the Derbyshire County Council Planning website this morning saying that the 9 May 2016 Planning Meeting is CANCELLED.
We are going to have to wait for at least another month before a decision is made on the Hilltop Opencast application.
A very good article in this weeks Derbyshire Times by Councillor Ted Mansbridge, chair of Clay Cross Parish Council’s planning and environmental working group.
He warns that regeneration work in Clay Cross is being threatened by the bid for opencast coal mining on the Hilltop site.
Bryn Hopkinson, Provectus’s project co-ordinator for the Hilltop development, trots out his usual nonsense about how there cannot possibly be any negative environmental impacts to harm local residents and the fantastic community benefits.
Read more: Derbyshire Times article
We still don’t know when the Planning Meeting will be, but Monday 9 May still seems very likely. We should find out on either Friday 29 April or Tuesday 3 May. We’ll let you know either way as soon as we’re sure.
No decision this month
The April DCC Planning Committee Meeting has now passed and the Hilltop application was not dealt with. As the application should be dealt with within 16 weeks, the next meeting on Monday 9 May 2016 seems the likely date for a decision.
More problems for Provectus
An objection has been submitted on behalf of the owners of the Incomol yard. Provectus say in their application that this will be their access to the site – off the new roundabout being installed by St Modwen. The objection says that no consultation has taken place between the site’s owner and Provectus regarding this access and they see no reason to agree to such a proposal.
The letter states ‘…it is my client’s opinion that certain detail contained in the Application, … , could be misleading to the Planning Authority and may not be a deliverable part of the proposed project.’
It looks as though the are going to have problems getting on and off the site!
The DCC Flood Risk Management Team have also raised a number of concerns about the scheme including:
- an ongoing flooding issue located in the northern part of the proposed development boundary
- the watercourse (that we identified) located in the centre of the site that has been ignored by Provectus despite it running through the proposed coal processing area.
As soon as we know whether the Hilltop Application is on the agenda for the next meeting we will announce it on this website. At that time we will also have seen the Planning Officers report and will know what their recommendations are.
We have now submitted a summary of all our objections to the new Provectus Remediation Ltd planning application (CM4/1215/125).
Click here to read the document (very large file – 91 pages)
or here to read the short version (without appendices).
The official closing date for the submission of objections is Friday 4 March 2016, but if you still wish to send in you own objection they will be accepted until 3 days before the application goes before the DCC Planning Committee for a decision.
Provectus put out a statement on their website on 9 February 2016 stating “…it is hoped that the application will proceed rapidly to determination.”
We think that this will happen at the 11 April (or possibly 9 May) planning meeting.
Site Notices have now been put up on telegraph poles around the proposed site and letters sent to residents living nearest to the site boundary giving details of the consultation period.
The notices state that representations should be submitted by 4 March 2016.
However, we understand that all objections submitted to the original application will be carried forward to this new application.
We have now had a good read through all the many documents in the new application and have found no really significant changes. Fortunately Provectus have highlighted all the amendments in red, as they were requested to do, which made the task easier.
Apart from clarification of some anomalies in the previous documents the only real change is the relocation of the site offices to the rear of Hilltop Farm rather than in the Incomol buildings.
Bearing this in mind, there is probably no need for everyone to resubmit objections. However, if you have new concerns or wish to emphasise that your previous objections still stand, you can submit your comments in the same way as before. Also, if you always meant to send in an objection but didn’t get around to it you now have another opportunity.
Click here to see the instructions for submitting objections. (Remember to use the new application code: CM4/1215/125)
We anticipate that the DCC Planning Department will want to process this as quickly as possible. So, unless there are any major problems, the application is likely to be put to the April or possibly May Planning Committee Meeting for a decision.
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