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Holding Order Placed on Radley Lakes Planning Application

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has today issued a Holding Order on the planning application by RWE Npower to fill Lake E with pulverised fuel ash (PFA). This prevents Oxfordshire County Council from granting consent for the scheme without the Secretary of State’s authorisation.Because the resolution by Oxfordshire County Council to grant permission is contrary to the local development plan, the application has had to be referred to the Secretary of State (See previous story). The Secretary of State has now issued a holding directive under article 14 of the Town and Country Planning Act, because of the number of representations and the complexity of issues has meant that more time is needed in which to consider the matter.

The order applies for an indefinite period, but may be lifted at any time.


If you wish to make representations to the Secretary of State on this matter then you should write to:

Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Eland House
Bressenden Place

Because time is limited, you should also copy your letter to:

Mr Mark Newman
Thames Valley Area Team
Planning and Transport
Government Office for the South East
Bridge House
1 Walnut Tree Close


Representations should focus on “the wider issues”. For further information see


Update: The holding order has now been lifted. See news item 16/10/2006

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