Codnor Common controversy continues
12th August 2013
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Codnor Common controversy continues with Planning Board date brought forward for identical application.


Tuesday’s meeting of Ripley Town Council heard how a planning application for housing on greenfield land on Codnor Common has been brought forward to the 12 August meeting of the Planning Board.  This is instead of the 16 September meeting as originally scheduled.

The Council heard that the application should either be deferred until after the planning appeal in respect of AVA/2012/0965 (scheduled to be determined before Christmas), or

rejected. The proposals in AVA/2013/0493 are exactly the same as those rejected previously with no arguments put forward addressing the reasons why the first application was rejected.

Cllr Steve Freeborn, the Leader of Ripley Town Council, said, “If Amber Valley fail to defer or reject this application, for many people it will confirm that the Borough Council’s planning officers are incompetent and biased, and that the Planning Board might be the victim of misrepresentation, manipulation and possible political interference.”

It is likely that if the planning application were approved, this would be challenged in the courts. The application to build 79 houses on Codnor Common (AVA/2012/0965) was refused by the Planning Board on 13 May 2013.

For further information please contact Steve Freeborn on 07977 058294.

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