MMAG applauds IPC decision to hold special hearings on waste,noise,landscape and heritage

The IPC have decided to hold special hearings (‘issue specific’) on particular issues ‘as follows:

Monday 13 June 2011 Drafting aspects of the draft Development Consent Order and requirements, and the proposed s106 agreement between the applicant and the local planning authorities.

Friday (am) 17 June 2011 The effect of the proposed development on the waste hierarchy.

Friday (pm) 17 June 2011 The noise impact of early morning operations on the living conditions of residents (including campers at the Stewartby Water Sports Club) living near to the access routes proposed for HGVs between the A421 and the site.

Tuesday 21 June 2011 Landscape, visual impact and design matters, including specifically whether the viewpoints considered in the Environmental Statement are representative and the identification of any additional viewpoints that interested parties want the IPC to include in their site visit.

Wednesday 22 June 2011 The impact of the development on the setting of heritage assets.

All hearings will be held at the Park Inn Hotel, St Mary’s Street, Bedford MK42 0AR, commencing at 10.00am, with the exception of the hearing on the afternoon of 17 June which will commence at 2.00pm.

Those intending to attend/speak at any issue specific hearing must register with the IPC at:  before June 6th.

Please Click Here to view the full letter from the IPC to interested parties.

There will still be a further opportunity to speak and put your case to the IPC at one of the open floor sessions to be held at the Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine on 5 July between 10.00am and 4.00pm, and between 7.00pm and 10.00pm, on 6 July (also at the Forest Centre) between 2.00pm and 4.30pm, and at Stewartby Village Hall on 6 July between 7.00pm and 10.00pm.

These hearings are primarily to allow members of the public to have their say.

Early indications from the IPC are as follows:

You will still be able to attend or register to speak even if you did not register your comments with the IPC in Oct/Nov last 2010.

People who wish to guarantee a slot to speak at the open floor hearings should email  or write to the IPC up to 1 week before the hearing stating which session they wish to attend and outlining what they wish to speak about.

People who would like to attend but not speak can just turn up on the day.  Depending on demand – you may be accommodated if you miss the deadline or decide on the day that you wish to speak.

Full guidelines issued by the IPC will be published here as soon as they are available.

MMAG welcomes these opportunities for further and more detailed consideration and encourages everyone to take up the opportunity