First of all may I wish you all a very Happy Easter, and hope that despite the overcast weather you are still able to get out and about and enjoy the wonderful countryside around us.
The Public Inquiry into the Haddon proposed development for up to 900 houses and application to vary the Section 106 that all Wychwood residents are bought into, has now formally closed and we are now in the hands of the Inspector, and ultimately the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP.
The last few weeks have seen us working hard to ensure that our points of view are firmly at the forefront of the Inspectors mind and that we are treated as an equal party in all of the negotiations. Haddon presented a new Section 106B document and have been trying to get the previous signatories Cheshire East Council and Countryside Properties to sign this new one, but thankfully both have refused and Haddon has now presented a unilateral Section 106 that only they have signed. The refusal to sign is another major blow to Haddon and only goes to strengthen our case.
All documents, from all parties will be made available in due course on the Inquiry site.
Our Local MP Edward Timpson is very aware of our case and has been working on our behalf and will continue to do so.
I expect a decision from Westminster by the end of May / early June and as soon as I hear something I will of course pass it on to you.
We are also due to be holding our AGM this month, but given the impending decision I propose to postpone this until after the Inquiry ruling has been made. Once we have this information we will be in a far better position to decide on the future course of the Group.
I hope that you are all agreeable to this proposal and I look forward to seeing you at the AGM in June time, where hopefully we can plan a celebration.
As soon as I hear any further news I will let you all know.
Once again thank you for all your ongoing support and I again wish you all a Happy Easter.
Trevor Sandry, Chairman