03 March 2008
By the Wickwar Residents Action Group
Cemex have appealed against the refusal of the planning applications to extend the operation hours of the Wickwar Quarry.
The Quarry Appeal process is under way. There are several different types of planning appeal. The one that has been chosen by Cemex and S.Glos Council is a “Hearing”.
This type of appeal has several different phases:
- Questionnaire –Submission date 28th Jan – A completed
questionnaire and attachments submitted to the Inspectorate from S.Glos
Council. This includes the background to the case. It also includes
submissions of statements from the planning meetings and written
consultations from the residents. (See http://tinyurl.com/2l7mad)
and Representations – Submission date 25th Feb – More comments and
additions to those already made during the original Planning
Consultation. Any interested party can comment.
Comments – Due date 17th Mar – Last chance for Cemex or S.Glos. Council
to submit additional information or comment on other peoples
- Appeal Event – Date to be arranged – A public
meeting where Cemex are able to state their case, then S.Glos Council
have an opportunity to state the defence case and then there is an
opportunity for anyone else who wants to comment.
- Decision Date – Date to be arranged – Notification of the result. This can be up to 7 weeks after the hearing.
It is the responsibility of S.Glos. Officers (Environmental Health and
Planning and Enforcement) to defend the rejection decision made by the
Costs can be awarded at the end of the proceedings.
An appeal can only be challenged in the High Court, and only on either
the grounds that due procedure was not followed or the inspectorate
exceeded their powers.
As residents we must help support S.Glos. Council in their efforts to
enforce the planning restrictions. For more information see www.wrag.org.uk, e-mail email@example.com or contact your Parish Council.