Following my previous update in early October, I stated that Haddon had 6 weeks to contest the decision to refuse their appeal and I am pleased to communicate that they have not exercised that right, which could only have been made under a point of law, so for the time being at least Victory is ours, and should be rightly celebrated. We will look to organise a celebration in the New Year as venues are busy at this time of year and we all have conflicting demands.
I will update on planned dates and venues as soon as I can.
Unfortunately who knows what the future will hold for the land, as that is still very much in Haddon’s court. The Committee and I have already forwarded details of a third party interested in the purchase of at least some of the land from Haddon. You can rest assured though that we would ensure that any purchaser is fully aware of the existing Section 106 and adheres to what we have fought so hard to protect.
Much has been said of house building this week in the budget and we watch closely any political developments and shifts in planning legislation
The Committee and I will be contacting Haddon in the New Year to discuss future use options, which they may or may not be prepared to do, although hopefully there can be a meaningful and productive dialogue.
In the meantime I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and if there are any further developments I will be sure to let you know.
Trevor Sandry – Chairman