Weeks 1 & 2 have seen evidence to support the cases made by MVV, the appellant, and Devon County Council, the Local Planning Authority. The next two weeks, from Tues 9 July to Weds 17 July, is the opportunity for Buckfastleigh Community Forum to make their case. Buckfastleigh Community Forum Proofs of Evidence
Friday 19 July there will be Closing Statements by the three parties, MVV, Devon County Council and Buckfastleigh Community Forum.
It is useful to keep in mind…
“The planning system is used to make sure that things get built in the right place. It helps to balance the development the country needs – for example, new homes, factories, offices, and schools – with our need to protect and improve the environment. This balance is essential to ensure that development and growth are environmentally sustainable; that is, meeting the needs of the present without affecting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
For example, one can question whether Whitecleave Quarry is indeed ‘the right place’ based upon a proposed development so dependent upon such numerous conditions and mitigation measures, all of which will need monitoring and reviewing by a number of under-resourced and under-funded bodies over the lifetime of the operations.
Day Eight – 9 July, Tuesday
10.00 Cross examination of Mr Miles by Mr Charlie Hopkins, followed by re-examination. Mr Miles is the planning consultant giving evidence for MVV the appellant.
12.45 Break for lunch.
15.00 Denise Rudgley, Mayor of Buckfastleigh & Chair of Buckfastleigh Town Council. Presentation of evidence for Buckfastleigh Community Forum, examination in chief, cross examination and re-examination. Evidence document
17.00 End of day.
NOTE: Tuesday 9 July was mainly the cross examination of Mr Miles by Mr Charlie Hopkins. It took longer than anticipated therefore Denise Rudgley, Mayor of Buckfastleigh & Chair of Buckfastleigh Town Council spoke in the afternoon until the end of the day. Professor Charles (Tim) Drey, who had been scheduled, will give his evidence Wednesday 10 July.
Day Nine – 10 July, Wednesday
The timing for 10 July, Wednesday, has changed due to overrun yesterday.
10.00 Denise Rudgley, Mayor of Buckfastleigh & Chair of Buckfastleigh Town Council.
Professor Charles (Tim) Drey, PhD in Chemistry, Research Associate at Yale, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chartered Chemist. Incinerator Bottom Ash & Diesel Exhaust. Presentation of evidence for Buckfastleigh Community Forum, examination in chief, cross examination and re-examination, until end of day. Evidence document
12.45 Break for lunch.
Mr Chris Woodhead, Chartered Architect, RIBA. ROMP*, Quarrying, Traffic, Noise, Pollution, Dust. Presentation of evidence for Buckfastleigh Community Forum, examination in chief and cross examination. Evidence document
15.00 Break before evening session.
18.00 Locals Evening Session
20.00 End of day.
Day Ten – 11 July, Thursday
10.00 Mr John Day, professional Ecologist, Naturalist, BSc (Hons) Degree in Botany & Zoology from London University. Ecology. Presentation of evidence, examination in chief and cross examination. Evidence document
13.00 Break for lunch.
14.00 Cross examination of Mr Day’s evidence continues, followed by re-examination.
15.30 Locals ?
17.00 End of day.
Day Eleven – 12 July, Friday
09.30 Professor John Altringham, Professor of Animal Ecology and Conservation, University of Leeds, Author of three books on bats and over 100 scientific papers on bats and other biological topics, member of the National Trust’s Natural Environment Panel. Bats & the South Hams SAC. Presentation of evidence for Buckfastleigh Community Forum, examination in chief, cross examination and re-examination. Evidence document
12.45 End of day.
Week 4 will begin on Tuesday 16 July with Dr Mike Rodger giving his evidence for Buckfastleigh Community Forum.
*ROMP means Review of Mineral Planning Permissions