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.