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CLG has put planning decision on hold

Posted by hertswow on December 14, 2017 at 3:45 AM

A week ahead of a meeting of Herts. CC's Development Control Committee to determine whether to grant planning permission for Veolia's application, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has stepped in with a letter to the Council as follows:

"TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015

Proposed Energy Recovery Facility at 2 Rattys Lane, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire - Application number 7/0067-17

I am directed by the Secretary of State to refer to the above planning application.

In exercise of his powers under Article 31 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015, the Secretary of State hereby directs your Council not to grant permission on this application without specific authorisation. This direction is issued to enable him to consider whether he should direct under Section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 that the application should be referred to him for determination.

This direction does not prevent your Council from considering the application, forming a view as to the merits or, if they are so minded, refusing permission.

I would be grateful for acknowledgement that you have received this letter. Please contact me on the number above if you have any queries."

This has been significantly mis-reported by the local paper, the Mercury, as if the Committee were only able to "form a view" whilst as can be seen from the SoS's letter the Committee is free to consider the matter, refuse planning permission (or defer the decision or defer the meeting): link

Please write to the Secretary of State requesting that he call in this application. Guidance on the potential grounds for calling-in is available here.

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