Woodside Link Houghton Regis Bedfordshire

Enquiry received via email

Woodside Link Houghton Regis Bedfordshire

04 February 2014


see attached enquiry

Advice given

Please be advised that the submissions received by yourself and Mr AG Hemmings were made by individuals who were not Interested Parties, however the Examining Authority exercised his discretion to accept these submission.
Section 102 of the 2008 Act interprets the term 'interested party' to include a person that has been notified of the acceptance of an application in accordance with section 56(2)(d) of the Planning Act 2008 and has made a relevant representation.
Your original correspondence which has also been published to the Woodside project web page was addressed to CBC and therefore as this was not completed on the Planning Inspectorates application form, it could not be considered as relevant representation. Further representations at a hearing must only relate to the issues raised in the relevant representation. Relevant representations will allow the 'Examining Authority' (i.e. a single Inspector or panel of Inspectors appointed to examine the application) to determine the most appropriate method of examining the application. At examination, interested parties will have the opportunity to submit further detailed 'written representations' on an application.
As the objectors which you have described below had not submitted a relevant representation before the deadline of the 29 July 2013, they cannot be considered as interested parties
Furthermore, as the examination is now in progress, only those people who are Interested Parties are entitled to make submissions on the application.
All those who registered with the Planning Inspectorate and made relevant representations before the deadline of 29 July 2013 automatically became Interested Parties under Section 102 of the Planning Act 2008. As you did not register and make a relevant representation, you are not therefore an Interested Party. Neither is Mr Hemming. The Examining Authority does however have discretion on whether to accept any submissions from people who are not Interested Parties. In this particular case he has decided to exercise his discretion to accept your submission of 24 January 2014.
The persons referred to in the Reports to the Secretaries of State have also not registered and submitted relevant representations. They are therefore not Interested Parties.
If you wish to follow the progress of the application, please be advised that updates regarding the Woodside Link proposal can be accessed via the Planning Portal project webpage attachment 1
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the Woodside project team. I trust you find this information satisfactory.

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