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30 June 2006


Dear Mr Vidal

Planning Inquiries

I enjoyed your piece about the lack of balance in the planning process. My pleasure is perverse as I am a party to another inquiry which opened in York on 13 June. In this case the city council has joined with the two developers. So the opposition comes from various members of the community and the parish council. 

My interest is that the access road which will cover the site that all parties agree was where the first battle of 1066 took place. This road is appended to the proposed 750 houses rather like a tadpole’s tail to a road that is already overcapacity. Throw in a road that will cover a stream that links an extensive SSSI with two ancient commons in an area that is subject to annual flooding and one has to ask ‘who conjures up such plans?’

I have attempted to answer this more general question in the attached piece which I would like to offer to your paper for publication. I sent the same by email a few days ago but have discovered that emails to the media are ignored so here is a hared copy.

Yours sincerely


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