Statement by Nelson Action Group - 24th July 2008
Having carried out decisions made at our last group meeting, the
results are as follows:-
1) Nelson Action Group has attended meetings with officers of CCBC with
a view to putting forward our complaints about the 'suspect' voting at
the Planning meeting, as advised by independent planning sources.
Nelson Action Group has been advised that the Corporate Complaint
procedure is not appropriate for our complaint.
2) Letters were sent to every Plaid Cymru and Independent Councillor,
advising of information received as follows: - "Where a Local Planning
Authority are minded due to the impact on the amenity of an area, they
can either revoke the permission if the development has NOT taken place
and if it has, they can order the discontinuance of the development".
So far one letter has been received from a cabinet member stating some
discussion has taken place with colleagues and the outcome will be
advised in due course.
3) Letter to Jane Davidson AM, the minister for the
Environment, Sustainability & Housing, who declined to call-in
the planning application even though there were a number of requests to
do so; including those from our AM Jeff Cuthbert and MP Wayne David.
Ms. Davidson thought: "the issues were not of more than local
importance and took no planning issues into consideration". We pointed
out that we consider we have a number of the necessary issues for a
call-in; and are extremely disappointed considering the many and varied
environmental issues and planning conditions attached to this purely
speculative development; that she failed to consider the issues in the
planning report. A letter in response was received on 22/7/08
from the Regeneration Manager of DE&T South East (the planning
applicants themselves) who point out that the Planning application has
been considered and approved, and any complaints should be taken to
CCBC or the Ombudsman.
An application to the Ombudsman had been made prior to receipt of above
letter, and confirmation received.
This is not the news we expected, but be assured that we will leave 'no
stone unturned' in our continuing effort to save our green fields and
the Miners Welfare Ground.
This is the only possible area that could contain the leisure
facilities we have lost and should have been replicated according to
the 1983 ruling at an Independent Inspector's Inquiry.