Development control committee cancelled

Published Wednesday, 27th November 2019

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The development control committee scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday 27th November) to consider the application for the proposed development of Seaway car park has been cancelled.

This follows a request for a screening direction submitted to the secretary of state by RPS Consulting on behalf of objectors to the scheme. The secretary of state is being asked to consider whether an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is required in association with the development.

The council were made aware of this request at 6.38pm last night (Monday 25 November).

Having considered this matter, the council, as local planning authority, remains firmly of the view that an EIA is not needed. Independent legal advice supports that conclusion and the necessary representations will be made to the secretary of state.

In light of the referral and pending the decision of the secretary of state, the right thing to do is to cancel the scheduled meeting.