Inquiry live – day four

Short and sweet – a bit like today’s session! – here’s Katy’s final post from the Inquiry for the first week: 

“Today was a short day for the Inquiry. However, we have now managed to hear all of the Gallagher witnesses. Left to be heard next week are Kent County Council before it’s our turn, and Kent Wildlife Trust have an opportunity to give evidence.

Today’s witness discussed Minerals Planning. This included looking at current National Planning in the form of the National Planning Policy Framework, we even briefly touched on past policy with regards to Planning Policy Statement 9! The caveat in PPS9 which impacts ancient woodland was kept in the NPPF – with the word ‘clearly’ included. The NPPF reads: “unless the need for, and benefits of, the development in that location clearly outweigh the loss”.

Also considered was current local policy, and the draft new policy which is in the process of being written. Discussed during this section was the “weight” that should be placed on this draft policy and the saved local policies. Several other topics of interest were covered, and we managed to raise all points that we wanted to.

Oaken-WoodNext week, starting on Tuesday morning, we will be listening to the Kent County Council witness and proceedings will then be moving onto hearing the first of the Woodland Trust’s witnesses. 

It’s been a tiring first week for everyone involved, but things are moving well and so there may be flexibility in the schedule. We will keep you posted!”

Katharine Rist, Campaigner – Ancient Woodland

Stay up to date with any schedule changes through Kent County Council. And you can keep in touch with the Inquiry by ‘following’ Woodland Matters and watching this link.

About Kaye Brennan

Senior Campaigner (Policy & Advocacy) for the Woodland Trust and Administrator, 'Woodland Matters' blog
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