County Council planning and regulation committee met on the 16th
July to discuss the three conditions which had remained unapproved
from the previous meeting. At the earlier meeting, the councillors
had decided to have the conditions brought back for further discussion
rather than allow the officers to deal with the matter with "delegated
powers" Perhaps some of the committee could see where
the delegated powers had led them - some councillors had lost their
seats in the May election because of the Radley Lakes issues.
However, the amount of
discussion was one again sparse and the Officers, faced with a legal
challenge from Public Law Solicitors in Birmingham, on behalf of
Save Radley Lakes, that a further EIA was needed because the amended
plans were outside the original application area was brushed aside
by the Chairman of the Council.
In his haste to get home
for his tea, the committee agreed to let the officers have their
own way with the three remaining conditions, and thus deny any further
public involvement in the issue.
The legal challenge remains
on the table. It has been served on Oxfordshire County Council
to remind them of their responsibilities to the ratepayers of this
County, that they should not bend over backwards to accommodate