PS-63: Report of meeting with Mark Harper MP

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PS – 63:

(PS-63: Report of meeting with Mark Harper MP)

Molly Mayo’s letter is an excellent reflection of the meeting and with Keith’s leap of faith that raised over £600 for Velindre Cancer care, on the high wire slide at the National Diving Center ><, I am astonished her hands were steady enough to mail out the report, but there is one quick clarification for you to note:
Originally our next planning meeting was to be next Thursday, as in the last paragraph, but as a couple of people could not attend it was changed to Friday as in the penultimate paragraph!

I have accordingly altered the text of the original report sent out.

I hope members of the effected community can attend next Friday.


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From: molly mayo [mailto:molly.mayo@REDACTED]
Sent: 05 September 2015 15:17
Subject: WT Mark Harper meeting

Dear All,

Following Greg’s and everyone’s emails, five of us secured a meeting with Mark Harper MP today. Our objective going in was to try and get him to write to Greg Clark, Minister of State at DCLG to support our request for the Planning Application to be “called in”.

We had a good meeting of an hour and a half with him and his Agent/Office Manager, which is considerably longer than his normal surgery allocation of 15 mins per constituent. He had clearly read and reviewed all the papers and was well informed on the matter. His opening comments were that his normal position on planning matters, was not to get involved directly and he would only consider taking the matter up with the Minister if there had been some failure in the process itself.

Despite listening carefully to our well rehearsed arguments about the shortcomings as we saw them, namely an overwhelming majority of the “local community” being opposed, lack of discussion on pure planning matters and focusing on dubious community benefits, overriding the views of the Parish Council and the Planning Officer etc, etc; he concluded that he was “not persuaded to write to the Minister” on our behalf to support the calling-in.

Clearly very disappointing, but not wholly unexpected, as planning matters and decisions are devolved to the local councillors and he has to assume that they have read and digested all the information and come to a consensus view.

However, he did agree with our arguments on the lack of clarity on the definition of what the “local community ” should actually comprise and agreed that he would write to the Minister to suggest that further guidance was provided to Councillors. He also agreed to write to the FODD Council to clarify what weighting they had placed on non-planning matters such as the alleged community benefits.

So whilst we have not succeeded in our primary goal, we have made some progress on clarifying future policy guidelines.

The matter now rests with the Secretary of State to receive the advice on next steps from the Planning Inspectorate to call in or not, and then to make a final decision. Mark Harper has promised to send us copies of his letters, which we assume will be sent out on Monday.

As soon as these are received we will circulate these to you all. We must then await the Minister’s formal decision – timing of which remains uncertain.

In view of this we are proposing a Next Steps Meeting for next Friday 11th September at 19.30 at Wibdon Farm. This will allow us to debate next steps including the pros and cons of a Judicial Review. We did mention this specifically to Mark Harper after he had given us his decision, i.e. we will not be easily deflected from pursuing the matter to the highest level if that is the consensus view of our Group.

So can you all make every effort to attend NEXT FRIDAY. This will be a key meeting and we want to map out a clear strategy, so that we can move urgently if the Minster does not decide in our favour and refuses a calling-in.

Greg, Peter, James, Lisa and Molly


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