It has now been confirmed by the Planning Inspectorate that after the Public Inquiry in May 2016, although the Planning Inspector will make a recommendation, the final decision will now rest with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP.
This is not exactly a surprise considering the national importance of Jodrell Bank, but is no greater indication of what the outcome will be.
Meanwhile Cheshire East are still preparing their ‘Statement of Case’ against the appeal but have engaged one of the UK’s leading QC’s to lead their refusal case at the Inquiry.
Starting on 17th May the Public Inquiry is estimated to last 6 full days and will be held somewhere in the local area. It will be open to the public (and the public can speak in the allocated slots if they wish).