Get Real. The work schedule of the DPM is such that it will give scant attention to most of the projects that are put before it. The process of public consultation and appeal is loaded in favour of the commercial side [the developers] who always have the clout to commission 'expert' opinion in their favour. Opinions of 'the public' are patronised - but eventually it seems, hold very little sway. It's a game loaded in favour of commercial / political interests all round.
People may want to consider making a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
If you haven't already got a copy, you could ask for the Inspector's report. You could also ask ODPM (or whatever the department is now named) for all material they have received on this issue. Make clear that if they are not prepared to disclose copies of the material itself, you want them to supply you with a list of the documents (including e-mails and faxes) they hold on the subject. Be prepared to challenge refusals, first by asking them for an internal review of the decision, and then by complaining to the Information Commissioner.
Making an FOI request is easy. Just write to the Deputy Prime Minister saying, "This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Please supply me, as soon as possible, with........."
Yes Yes you are all quite right. The DPM office has instructions to pass ANYTHING as long as it looks like housing. THe developers have all the advantages, they can "pay" for their permissions (I'm not saying that it's in used notes in brown envelopes...more like promises of campaign support and such things). They can wheel in all these experts (who also get paid let's not kid ourselves) who cost an arm and a leg per hour, something we at MCH couldnt possibly afford but St. George had a legal team of about ten people including a QC...that day's appeal must have cost them THOUSANDS - but they wouldnt even notice. St. George went into a huddle with the Mayor the week before the appeal and mysteriously he withdrew his objections. What went on, I leave you to speculate. But I also wrote to the Mayor demanding to know what happened under the F.O.I act, and a HUGE pile of paper has just landed on my desk. Will let you know if it is enlightening. Meantime, DO NOT ASSUME BECAUSE A DEVELOPMENT IS PREPOSTEROUS THAT IT WILL BE DISALLOWED!! We made that mistake at MCH.
Southwark Green Party is also making representations to the UDP Inquiry regarding Potters Fields - on May 23.
James Hatts Wrote:
> On a related note I understand that Berkeley Homes
> are due to give evidence re. the Potters Fields
> site at the Southwark UDP Inquiry on Tuesday 31
> Editor of the London SE1 website and SE1 Direct