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.
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.