The County Council’s Planning Application for the Belle Vue site has gone online and can be read in full by clicking here. You should note that this planning application does not mean that the Village Green application has been finally settled. It hasn’t. To the best of my knowledge the county council and Green Spaces submissions are still with the inspector for consideration and advice on his recommended outcome.
The planning application will repay careful study, and local people with issues such as the siting of the skate park, traffic assessment, bats, coal mining, drainage are well advised to consider it carefully and respond as well as those whose primary concern is the actual provision of educational and leisure facilities.
And don’t delay. Only the greatest of cynics would read anything into the fact that the site notices are due to be posted tomorrow with an expiry date of – yes you’ve guessed it – December 25th! I wouldn’t over rely on your responses being carefully read by the skeleton staff on duty on the morning of Christmas Eve, or between Christmas and New Year, so that gives you a little under three weeks to respond, less if concerned about the Christmas post.