An independent Government Planning Inspector is to examine the Core Strategy Document submitted by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to test whether it is legally compliant and sound. A date has yet to be fixed for the main hearing in February next year at Leek, but the Inspector, Mr Patrick Whitehead, is holding a Pre-Hearing Meeting at the Bethel Suite, Tape Street, Cheadle, at 10am on Tuesday 11 December 2012 to discuss the examination procedure and arrangements for the hearing sessions.
WAG welcomes Mr Whitehead’s independent examination. It follows a flood of representations from the public, many considering that the District Council’s Core Strategy Document has been developed with inadequate public consultation and fails to meet the tests of legal compliance and soundness.
Any members of the public who made representations to the District Council have until Friday 30 November 2012 to register their intention of attending the Pre-Hearing Meeting on 11 Dec and/or the main hearing in February 2013. They should contact the Programme Officer, Pippa Home, at Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, on 0845 129 7777 ext 3705 or by e-mail at ProgrammeOfficer@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk