TCI's appeal against Eric Pickles rejection of their application will be heard in the High Court on 17 March 2015. We will let you know of further developments as they come in.
TCI challenged Eric Pickles' decision at the very end of the 6 weeks allowed. This means there will be a Judicial Review in the High Court and the Secretary of State will have to defend his decision. Hempnall Parish Council and South Norfolk Council are also defendants. We do not know at the moment if SNC will take part in this process, but Hempnall Parish Council have once again employed the services of Zak Simons, the barrister who represented them at the last Inquiry. At this stage, SHOWT is not directly involved and does not have a role to play in the Judicial Review. If TCI win and the Secretary of State's decision is overturned, then TCI's planning application will go back for yet another Public Inquiry at South Norfolk. Should this happen, we will start our fundraising again and employ experts to make our case once again. The date for the Judicial Review is to be decided on 15 January 2015.
Our Cultural Heritage experts, Grover Lewis, presented an excellent case for SHOWT at the last Inquiry. Below is Inspector Braithwaite's assessment of Roy Lewis's evidence:
159. Mr Lewis’s analysis of these assets is clear, coherent and consistent. His approach accords entirely not only with the NPPF and the PPG but with the various sets of English Heritage guidance on the setting of heritage assets (CD9.3). In addition, his conclusions are unimpeachably calibrated with, amongst other things, the approach taken by the Secretary of State at Asfordby.
Eric Pickles' decision paper is on our website. Click here to read it. Please allow time for it to upload as it is a lengthy document.
Eric Pickles' report has been published this morning. Although the Inspector would have allowed TCI's appeal, Eric Pickles, Secretary of State, has refused it and planning permission has not been granted.
After 8 years, 2 Public Inquiries plus a great deal of work by very many people, this is the result we wanted.
More detail to follow and an email will go out later to our loyal Supporters.
In the meantime - well done everyone!
After 13 years and four Inquiries, Eric Pickles has rejected Ecotricity's application for turbines near Shipdahm. We are delighted for Shipdham residents, but we also fully understand the turmoil and uncertainty they have had to go through again and again with each new battle. And even now, it is possible that Ecotricity will continue the madness and instigate a legal challenge to the decision.
Let's hope we will soon hear that Eric Pickles has come to a similar conclusion for Hempnall and SHOWT by rejecting TCI's appeal.
We had expected Eric Pickles' decision by 17 September. However, his office have written to say that the matter is delayed and that they are unable to give us a new deadline. As soon as we received either the decision itself, or more information, we will post the news here and email Supporters.
It is time to take down the posters. If you have a poster on a stick, please email us to arrange for us to collect it. If your stick poster has disappeared, don't worry, we have already collected a lot. Please store paper posters just in case they are needed again.
Eric Pickles' decision is expected in September. We will send an email to our Supporters as soon as there is news.
The Public Inquiry finished on 10 April with strong representations from local residents and Parish Councils. We now await the decision. We will not be informed of the Inspector's recommendation prior to Eric Pickles' decision, so we will hear nothing until the Secretary of State's announcement.
Our final fund-raising event, the Auction of Promises was held last Friday. As last time, it was a huge success raising well over £3,000.00 in just one night. Together with the other fund-raising events this season and with very generous donations from SHOWT Supporters, we now have enough to pay our Experts and cover our other costs.
Sincere thanks to our Fund-Raising Committee and all SHOWT Supporters who, once again, have risen to the occasion and more than met this unwelcome challenge.
Three new wonderful Promises added to our list today. The Auction is on Friday, 11 April, Hempnall Village Hall, 7 for 7.30. If you want to place an absent bid, email us here at SHOWT, give us your highest and lowest price and one of the team will bid for you.
Even if you are not planning to bid, please join us for a great social night. It is the last event this season and it may be the last fund-raising event we need to hold with the right Inquiry result !!
The Public Inquiry is running ahead of schedule, so there were no presentations today, Friday 4 April, but the Inspector visited the site this morning. The visibility was poor, but he has visited the site previously when he did have good views of St Margaret's church and its setting.
The second week will begin next Tuesday, 8 April, and the last day will be Thursday, 10 April.