#EpsomChalk – Epsom and Ewell MP Chris Grayling blasts ‘official failure’ of council in Chalk Pit decision. Get Surrey News has the shocking story below.
Chris Grayling has accused a Surrey council of “the biggest example of official failure” he has seen in all of his time as an MP.
The Epsom and Ewell MP attended a Surrey County Council meeting where retrospective planning permission was granted for a change of use of part of the Epsom Chalk Pit, in a delayed consideration of the application.
Residents say they have been living in “anguish” since a change in activity at the site since summer 2020.
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The application granted permission for new buildings to be put on the section of the Chalk Pit run by NJB recycling, as well as resurfacing the site and adding parking.
Mr Grayling said what had happened in the case was “appalling” and that he was speaking at a planning meeting for the first time in his more than 20 years as an MP.
He said in the meeting last week: “The reason I’m here is because this is the most egregious example of flouting of planning law and the most egregious example of commercial bad behaviour and the biggest example of official failure, both of the county and Environment Agency, that I’ve experienced in all that time.”
He said he saw no evidence of special circumstances which would permit such a planning application in the green belt.