Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (9th January 2015) has written to the Planning Inspectorate following yesterday’s rejection, by Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Regulatory Committee of an application by house builder, Taylor Wimpey for 130 houses on a greenfield site adjacent to Saltburn’s built up area.
“The reason for writing was to ask that, if Taylor Wimpey decide to appeal the Planning Inspectorate who handle appeals, running any appeal via a Local Planning Inquiry, rather than via what are called “written representations”.
“Given the level of interest that this application has generated, its strategic importance locally and the need for all to be given an oral hearing if possible. I feel that, in matters like these, written representations where an inspector merely reads all the papers relating to the application and letters of objection, does not allow for community involvement sufficiently.
“Obviously there is a danger that the wealthy volume house builders will go for appeal, as they can afford this, and we need the community to be ready for this if it happens.”