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October 13, 2020

The Planning Inspector has announced that a hearing on this planning application with be held (virtually) on 23/24 November.

It has been a long time since the last update and matters have rumbled along a very familiar path.  Whilst we have been waiting for the governmen...

April 23, 2020

The timetable for the planning inspector to consider McCann’s appeal has now been announced.  Objectors have until 6 May to submit objections.  It is important that all those opposed to the plans make their views known to the inspector.  How to do this at the end of th...

April 22, 2020

F P McCann’s decision to submit a new planning application just for the new storage area of the disputed site has blown up in their face! 

This is part of the expanded site that they have already started developing in breach of planning law.  But, instead of seeing this...

February 26, 2020

In a surprise development, McCann has now submitted an appeal to the government's planning inspectorate requesting that the inspector makes the planning decision, not the local council.  This looks like an attempt to avoid the scrutiny of the local planning committee b...

December 9, 2019

A further report by the council’s independent noise consultants (AAP) has proved conclusively that the proposals will create an unacceptable noise disturbance.  This follows visits to the site and their own measurements which finally give the lie to a series of “dodgy...

December 9, 2019

On the campaign trail in flood-hit Derbyshire, the prime minister said on 5 December: “We've got to stop building on flood plains. We've got to stop building on areas which are vulnerable to flooding.” (source The Independent)

We agree.

October 30, 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority last week announced that it has fined F P McCann in excess of £25m for its involvement in a price-fixing cartel which rigged the market and overcharged its customers over a seven-year period.  More information is available on the g...

September 8, 2019

For some months, McCann have been doing building work including using the land that should first be the subject of planning approval.  Complaints were made to the council but it took them a few months to investigate.  The council has recently conceded that McCann is in...

July 29, 2019

Analysis of the latest documents on noise has been completed.  This analysis shows that important noisy activities remain excluded and also highlights the prospect of a "fudge" being put together on this important impact.

There is evidence that the council's advisors ha...

July 17, 2019

Another round of consultation has been issued about McCann's latest efforts to persuade the planners and their experts that the new site will not be noisy.  These latest documents are currently being assessed and we will post the analysis here shortly.

McCann remain una...

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