Gladman’s Shear Brook inquiry: day two

Gladman’s Mr Richard Kimblin QC, of No. 5 Chambers, cross examined Professor Garrington this morning.  Safe to say no stone was left unturned.

From Bernard Lovell choosing to move away from interference from sparking trams in Manchester (which had a remarkable similarity to sources from outerspace) to discussing the appeal in 2013 in Twemlow, when 13 houses were allowed, and on to JBO having to change the type of research they carry out due to existing interference – whilst still remaining an internationally recognised facility.

Richard Kimblin QC grilled Professor Garrington all morning; the Prof pointing out that the scientific and interference landscape change all the time.  JBO try and remove the strongest interference but 90% of data can still be affected [hence the iceberg analogy yesterday].  Whilst JBO still carry out “world class research” they have had to change their research due to interference from the surrounding area.

Prof Garrington pointed out that mitigation can help with some building (depending on the number of devices and the number of houses) but that “effective mitigation is difficult to achieve and control in perpetuity.”  It also complicates the issue, he added, that “some devices are used for minutes or hours or continuously”.

Sites are examined “one site at a time” with concerns for the cumulative increase – as it is this “continued increase that has the largest impact”.  In fact the Inspector wanted at one point to clarify to what extent JBO engage in the planning process – with the Prof replying that he tries “to respond to all”, prioritising the ones that will have the biggest impact; “even small developments will impair efficiency”.

CEC’s Adrian Crowther followed for Planning and covered several policy points, giving full weight to policy PS10 re JBO which on it’s own “is enough to recommend refusal” not wanting “harm to this unique facility in Cheshire”.

This afternoon Goostrey Parish Councillor Dr Ken Morris entered the fray. Ken covered all the sustainability points including a poor bus service, full health practice and schools and the difficulties in cycling to Holmes Chapel for services, etc etc.  He presented his case well and also touched on the fact that should this development go forward then several others are “highly likely to come forward” causing JBO further impairment.

[Gladman's] Richard Kimblin QC with Dr. Roberto Trotta at the inquiry
[Gladman’s] Richard Kimblin QC with Dr. Roberto Trotta at the inquiry
Tomorrow, Thursday, he will be cross examined by Gladman’s QC Richard Kimblin.

Astrophysicist Dr. Roberto Trotta will also then give evidence in favour of the development.

(link to Day 3)




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    Democracy and Brexit

    The greatest emphasis on the objections to this application are focussed on the effect on the work of Jodrell Bank, probably rightly so. Maybe the democratic views of the people of Goostrey, who are vehemently opposed to such a large development, as evidenced by the number of individual objectors to the application, should be given greater significance. This also applies to communities all over the country who are having major housing development forced on to them by a major flaw in the planning process. This makes it possible for developers, through their lawyers, to pick holes in the planning process leaving the Inspectors more or less powerless to reject the applications.
    I liken this to tax lawyers finding ways for rich clients to avoid paying tax, and criminal lawyers finding holes in the production of evidence to enable their clients to escape justice.
    Planning loopholes are far more important than the above. Large scale housing developments through these appeals are affecting thousands of people all over the country and affecting their way of life, without really considering their democratic views.
    Dr Roberto Trotta may well have been an endearing case for Brexit. Yes I am aware that he’s not from an EU country but I thought the headline may cause some amusement. I didn’t see his yellow reliant robin at Stanneylands on Tuesday.

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