York Evening Press
29 May 2005
Germany Beck outline plan
As one of the contributors to the 7
hour planning marathon I would like to compliment the Council members who
listened to many short presentations. The questions they asked were informative
and incisive. As one of those opposing the application, I can have no complaint
about this part of the procedure
I was, however, a little surprised
that the applicants professional advisers were allowed to re-state their case
alongside any protesters. The development team has, after all, had years to
prepare their application. I can see the sense in having these consultants
available for questioning. Why do they need to address the meeting?
The developerís agents were also
called to speak after any opposition. I know this intimidated some
speakers. I am not clear why the developer should be accorded this privilege.
However, if they are allowed to speak after the opposition, there must be a
right to reply.
There is another defect in our
planning system which puts opponents at a major disadvantage. Opponents have
their work edited by Council officers. The dozens of documents submitted about
the battle of Fulford were summarised in just 10 lines and none of the evidence
was presented to the planning committee.
The result, in this case, was that
the members of the planning committee were not aware of the mass of evidence
that the Fulford Battlefield Society has produced to demonstrate the location of
We must now hope that the threat to
this important national and European heritage site will be recognised and a
public enquiry ordered at which time the powerful body of evidence, overlooked
by the planning committee, can be examined.
The fight goes on.
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