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Sarah Cheung Johnson
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Northstowe Construction Noise
We continue to receive reports of construction breaches to planning conditions at Northstowe, for both Phase 1 and Phase 2. We are encouraging residents to report this directly online as Enforcement advise this is the best way to collate the data and build a record of the breaches. It appears that Enforcement have not always had all reports from residents from the first dates of construction activity, which is very frustrating for residents.
Enforcement have provided the following update:
On the 14th December 2018 formal letters were issued to six developers following investigations into an alleged breach of condition relating to operating times. The developers identified at that time were as follows:
Bloor Homes, Gallagher Homes, Barrett Homes, Linden Homes, Bovis Homes and Taylor Wimpey.
David Wilson Homes was not previously identified as being in breach. However, following Mr Rose's email, a formal letter has been issued regarding operating times. For clarification, should any of these developers continue to breach the condition, then a Breach of Condition Notice will be issued to the company concerned, including their directors and company secretary, after which the Council can take out proceedings in the Magistrates Court should further breaches of the condition be identified.
I must point out that any such action will need to meet the evidential test in order to secure a successful prosecution. For example this might be photographic evidence, including video and dash cam footage. However, the pictures must have time and date stamp corroboration and must be set to the correct date and time. If photographic evidence is not available then statements corroborated by a third party is normally acceptable.
With regard to noise generally, if it is identified that there is a breach of condition that would prevent the noise, then Planning Enforcement can deal with it. However, if you are referring generally to noise within working hours, then I can only refer you to the Environmental Health team and they will establish if there is a statutory noise nuisance.
Whilst I can assure you that Enforcement will not take sides, it will deal with facts and evidence available and will, where necessary, instigate formal actions including Temporary Stop Notices, and Breach of Condition Notices etc to deal with such matters.
We will be having regular catch-up meetings with Enforcement and Planning to ensure that we are all moving forward in the right direction with issues previously raised.
This is the best link for direct reporting: https://scambs-framwork.egovhub.net/REPORTABREACHOFPLANNINGCONTROL/launch
Cottenham New Development – Oakington Road
Following efforts by Cottenham Parish Council and Cllrs Neil Gough and Eileen Wilson, there has been some success with the next road closure on Oakington Road. This is hopefully now going to be planned to coincide (partially) with the half-term holiday, and there will be temporary three-way light system rather than a full closure.
Oakington Rural Transport Hub
We have not received any updates on the Oakington RTH consultation. There are GCP Transport Working Group and GCP Joint Assembly meetings in February where we should receive updates.
Councillor Updates and Surgeries
We continue to be keen to meet residents, especially for those who might find contacting us via email or social media difficult. These are the dates for surgeries for February and March:
The Dale Community Room, Longstanton - Monday 11th February, 2pm - 4pm
Oakington Pavillion - Monday 11th March, 2pm - 4pm
For those on social media we have a very active Facebook group covering the whole ward here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2066298150052161/
And please do not hesitate to email us if you would like to discuss the above matters or anything else:
Sarah Cheung Johnson email@example.com
Alex Malyon firstname.lastname@example.org
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