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Final go ahead given to RWE npower start work on Thrupp Lake – well almost…

Yesterday, Oxfordshire County Council’s Planning & Regulation Committee considered the last three conditions that RWE npower need to comply with before being allowed to commence their ‘development’ of Thrupp Lake. The Committee resolved as follows

  1. To approve, in principle, the details submitted under the remaining conditions precedent (26, 29 and 30).
  2. To authorise the Head of Sustainable Development (Chris Cousins) to issue formal approval of details in consultation with the Chairman of the Planning and Regulations Committee (Steve Haywood) and County Solicitor once he is satisfied that the proper process had been followed in relation to Environmental Impact Assessment.

Save Radley Lakes, who picketed and addressed the meeting, had lodged a formal legal objection on the grounds that a further Environmental Impact Assessment was required in respect of variations, which were required to meet certain conditions, but that are outside the proposals addressed by the Environmental Statement. Save Radley Lakes also pointed out that the amount of material that npower were apparently proposing to remove from the lake would be in contravention of the planning permission.

The meeting was also addressed by Radley Parish Council chairman, Jenny Standen, who reiterated that Council’s deep concerns about the proposals.

At its previous meeting on 21st May, the Committee had voted itself the right to have these outstanding matters brought before it for consideration, rather than delegated to officers, as would normally have been the case, in spite of, at that time, no particular problems with them being anticipated. (These remaining conditions had been awaiting responses from consultees who had raised some technical issues.) However, when potentially serious difficulties were raised by objectors, the Committee seemed to have few reservations about delegating the matter to its Officers, albeit in consultation with the Committee chairman. Strange.

If and when these conditions are finally approved, as per 2. above, then this will remove the final obstacle to RWE npower commencing work on the lake.


A petition was presented to the Committee, on behalf of Save Radley Lakes, by Radley parishioner, Lynda Pasquire, asking the Committee to instigate a thorough investigation and review of the process and of the advice which Councillors had been given, that has led to the present deeply unsatisfactory situation over the planning permission for the Thrupp Lake ash disposal scheme. Mrs Pasquire told the Committee “There are many deeply troubling questions and concerns about the Thrupp Lake application. You need to know why the process has been so badly flawed, so that nothing like this ever happens again. The people of Oxfordshire deserve nothing less.


[update 08/09/2007]

Oxfordshire finally approved all of the conditions on August 28, thereby giving npower the final go ahead to commence work at Thrupp Lake. Despite the Town Green outcome not being known, npower have announced that they will begin work in mid September. See separate story.


Other links relevant to this posting

Oxfordshire County Council Planning and Regulation Committee 16 July 2007

Oxford Mail 16 July 2007

Herald 17 July 2007

Oxford Times 17 July 2007

Herald 5 September 2007

The Abingdon Blog

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