#EpsomChalk – We were advised yesterday that the planning application submitted by NJB Recycling will not go to committee at Surrey County Council on 16th June 2021. It is now likely to go to committee on 7th July 2021.
Considering the points below, this is a huge disappointment.
- This is a retrospective application that should have been in a form allowing validation soon after submittal on 1st December 2020
- The planning committee date was delayed due to Council elections.
- The significant nuisance being suffered by local residents
Alas the additional information submitted by the applicant on 21st May 2021 (it should have been available 1st December 2020) necessitated further consultation it was inevitable that the 16th June date could not be met. There is a minimum consultation period, a period of finalisation of the officer’s recommendation, a peer review and then a period for consideration by the Councillors before the meeting.
It is important that Surrey ensure they follow all procedures rigorously and that they are given the necessary time to consider all issues and points raised in their decision note.
This may well go to appeal and as such the officers do need this level of rigour, we suspect that new issues cannot be raised at the appeal.