The day started with a preliminary site visit to Whitecleave Quarry by the Inspector, Mr John Woolcock and a representative from each of the parties. This was in order for the inspector to have a better gauge of the Quarry itself and the issues being discussed throughout the Inquiry. A formal site visit will take place after the Inquiry has been closed. Plans have been made to visit the alternative sites identified by Devon County Council on the afternoon of Friday 28th June.
The Inquiry commenced with the continuation of the cross examination of Mr Ted Keegan a planning consultant. The key points raised were once again in relation to Mr Keegan’s interpretation of local and national policy. Mr Keegan raised concerns that the development would undermine local policies. Another raised by Mr Keegan was the harm stemming from transport emissions.
The day continued with a re-examination of Mr Keegan by Mr Rupert Warren QC representing Devon County Council. The re-examination allows the party which led the examination in chief to have the opportunity to clarify any matters brought up within the cross examination.
Mr Warren QC brought up issues regarding alternative sites and definitions of certain terms. Mr Keegan re-confirmed that he didn’t feel Whitecleave Quarry was the right place for the development due to the fact he felt other sites would fit better within planning policy guidelines. This brought to the end Mr Ted Keegan’s examinations along with Devon County Council’s witnesses. However he may be recalled if needed later on during the Inquiry.
The Inquiry now moves on to the witnesses of MVV.
MVV called their first witness, Georgina Gilpin of Sam Gilpin Demolition Limited to give evidence on company issues. The examination in chief was led by Mark Westmoreland Smith. Questions were asked regarding Georgina Gilpin’s background and what was being proposed in the application.
Lastly, Charlie Hopkins, representing Buckfastleigh Community Forum, began his cross-examination of Georgina Gilpin. This will be continued tomorrow.