A lot has been happening regarding the proposed housing development adjacent to Kedleston Road since we last updated supporters on progress. This newsletter brings you up to date.
You will be aware that Catesby submitted a second planning application (AVA/2015/1243) for 195 houses on the same site. This was submitted before the appeal of the original, refused application for 400 houses (AVA/2014/0928) has been heard, which is due to take place in July 2016. The residents of Allestree and Quarndon have responded magnificently to this new application. KV believes that more than 700 residents have objected.
Utilising donations, KV also commissioned a short piece of external, independent heritage work as a pre-cursor to the wider work being prepared for the AVA/2014/0928 appeal. This work, which articulated a number of grounds for objection, was submitted as part of our evidence to the consultation.
The Local Planning Authority (LPA), in this case Amber Valley Borough Council (AVBC), has a responsibility to review the application for 195 houses formally within 13 weeks, unless the applicant agrees for this to be extended. AVBC has failed to achieve this and Catesby has exercised their right to take this application to automatic appeal. KV and AVBC now face having to address a second appeal.
Helpfully, it has been proposed that both appeals are joined. Both KV and AVBC asked for this to be postponed until after the summer holidays to allow more time for preparation. However, at present this seems unlikely to be agreed and we expect the co-joined appeals to commence in July. However, the Planning Inspectorate has indicated that they will look to minimise the extra time required to review the appeals, due to their similarity. They have also suggested they are mindful to make this theme based, albeit this is ultimately down to the Planning Inspector to decide.
That being said, the co-joined appeal will now need further work and will take slightly longer. This will increase the cost of representing residents at this important inquiry, through increased barrister time and the need for our experts to consider two applications.
This means Kedleston Voice urgently needs to raise further funds. To help with this KV now has a Crowdfunding page at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/protect-our-national-heritage
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