CHANGED :Planning Committee now ** 12:30pm 13th December **

The Planning Committee date has now changed from the 6th to 13th December.

Ok, the time has finally come (again), the Planning Committee will hear the Meadow Lane application at;

10:00 now at 12:30 Wednesday 13th December 2017

Since our last update, the City Council have commissioned another assessment of the traffic issues by independent consultancy, Mott MacDonald.

 

The Mott MacDonald assessment is available on the Council’s website and makes interesting reading.   In summary, Mott MacDonald have confirmed what we already knew; that Barratt Homes and their co-conspiritors are trying to bend the rules and on a number of points are blatantly trying to cheat to get their redicuolous planning application through.

So this is now two independent assessments confirming that Barratt’s documents can’t be trusted.

Somewhat curiously, these reports do not point out that Barratt have so far failed to explain how they plan to tackle the only factor that makes any substantive difference to the traffic at the end of Meadow lane.  That being the traffic flow on Longton Road, and as the junction can not be signalised, it’s simply can’t be done.  This is a fact that Barratt are hoping to brush under the carpet.

However, on behalf of residents, we have consulted again with experts at PTB Transport Planning to highlight (again) the usual flaws and ahem…. anomalies !  in Barratt’s application, including the curiously missing plan to control traffic flow on Longton Road.

So, we expect the Planning Committee to throw out this ridiculous application, but to make sure our Councillors are fully supported to take the decision to throw this out, we really do need your support at the hearing.   Barratt Homes, through their own actions have proven that they can not be trusted, so we need as much support at the hearing as we can possibly muster.  The more residents turn up to the meeting the higher the probability that the application will be refused.

We all look forward to see everyone at the meeting on the 13th December at 12:30.

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Planning Committee now TBC

The date of the Planning Committee hearing for the application has been pushed back further and is yet to be determined.

Barratt Homes confirm they can’t be trusted (again)

You may have noticed a new document on the council site from a desperate Barratt Homes.  They’re up to their old sly tricks again.  Whilst there are one or two points which might be a matter of opinion that we actually believe, the document we are confident to say, is intended to mis-lead  and the important aspects are factually incorrect ( proven with their own data ) !  Roll-on the Committee hearing!

Planning Committee; NOW 16th AUGUST

After an excruciatingly long wait, the date is set.   Final documents are in, and we are delighted to say that the Local Highway Authority agree with our assessment;

“it is recommended that the application is refused on highway safety grounds”

There have been many issues and underhand and dubious acts executed by Barratt Homes and their co-conspiritors in the process of this planning application.  With hard work, residents have seen through them, and have given them a run for their money!

However now is the time we need everyone’s support to ensure that this application is refused once and for all.  The hearing is due to take place at;

10:00 Wednesday 16th August

It is so contentious and Barratt Homes, so devious, that we ask everyone that might be affected by the development, to come down to the Council Offices on the day to show Councillors that there is overwhelming support to REFUSE this application.

We’ll be there, fighting on behalf of residents, so please, please, please spread the word, show your support and make time to attend the Planning Committee hearing on the 16th August.  We’ll post more details  as soon as we can.

 


 

In the mean time, to see Barratt Homes’ “misrepresentation”, “fake news” and “alternative facts” laid bare, at least on Highways matters, checkout the council planning site and take a peak at the superb and factually correct Highways Comments document posted on 31st May.

 

 

 

 

Barratt Homes caught sneakily (and illegally) filming residents…again!

I have to admit to being surprised yet again by Barratt Homes.  When we thought that Barratt Homes had stooped to the lowest levels of untrustworthiness and lies*, and had demonstrated an absolute lack of integrity, they’ve somehow managed to grind themselves even lower.

You may recall from previous blogs about Barratt and their co-conspiritors, they have tried filming the Meadow Lane junction previously and have ignored the ICO CCTV code of practice and Data Protection Act.

Probably, because they got caught last time, they thought they’d have another go, but this time they have broken every rule in the book!

To film traffic, which captures images of not only vehicles, but also adults and children walking on Meadow lane and Longton Road, they are supposed to place the  cameras where they can been seen and to place LARGE notices around the area warning people of what they are doing, including their company details so that people can ask for their personal information to be excluded, given that this is an invasion of privacy.  This is particularly important to residents at the moment due to a spate of burglaries in the area, to re-assure that filming is legal and is not being done by criminals surveying activity to plan their next break-in.

So… on the morning of Friday 17th Feb, a strange car was spotted next to the petrol station      sporting a hidden camera!   When approached by an eagle-eyed resident, the driver was less than helpful and claimed to not know who she was working for and had made every attempt to conceal her filming operations rather than to follow the law and ICO’s guidance.   Sounds more like the behaviour of criminals than a (tongue in cheek) “reputable” house building company!   The driver had actually tried to conceal the camera under coats placed on the dashboard of the car.

The driver did not want her photograph taken, citing this as an invasion of her privacy!  I ask you, honestly… and she could not see the problem in covertly filming residents!

So here are a couple of images of what she was up to for you to form your own opinion ( identifiable images removed of course ).

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Committee Hearing

So more bad behaviour from Barratt Homes is sadly only to be expected as the time is fast approaching for the Planning Committee hearing or expiry of their application.

Although Barratts are still wriggling around trying to conjure up more fantasy road layouts, and ‘alternative facts’, the actual facts are set to get their ill-founded plans rejected.

The vast majority of Barratt’s Transport proposals are based on mis-represented data and mis-representation of planning and transport guidance, so we are confident that Council Transport Planning Officers have multiple grounds based on the actual facts to refuse the application.

*(a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.).  This being evidenced in their own documents!

Don’t miss Santa on the Green in 2016

Back by popular demand,

look out for Santa on the green

at Chessington Crescent

SUNDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2016

11 am  –   1 pm


Meet Santa *

* Gift for every child and a bag of ‘Magic Meadow’ reindeer food *

* Photo opportunity with Santa (bring your own camera)*

* Minimum donation of £3 per child *

There is also a raffle and fantastic prizes

Everyone’s welcome and we look forward to seeing you there….  and….. don’t forget……all funds raised support the on-going fight against Barratt Homes, with anything left going straight to Donna Louise.