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Public Inquiry - Land north of Middlegate Road

There has been a high level of interest in the planning application by Larkfleet Homes for the development off Middlegate Road West, which includes access, public open space and drainage infrastructure.

Formal notification can be viewed at

An Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State, Helen Hockenhull, will hold an Inquiry into the appeal against the refusal of the application by the Council's Planning Committee in January. The Inspector will listen to the case for the development and objections against before determining the appeal.

Documents relating to the appeal(s) can be viewed at the Council's offices by prior arrangement.

Entrance arrangements

Anyone can attend the Inquiry to be held at the council offices at Municipal Buildings, in West Street - commencing on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

In view of the revised Reception and entrance arrangements to the Municipal Buildings whilst building works are getting underway, a dedicated entrance for the Inquiry will be open from 9am to 10.30am on each day of the Inquiry. This is the stepped entrance to the right of the former main entrance. Each day staff will be available at this point to meet and direct interested parties to the Inquiry rooms. Wheelchair access is available via the former main entrance (please ask for assistance).

For assistance after 10.30am each day, please report to the normal reception area, where our Customer Service team will make arrangements for the public to be escorted to the Inquiry Room.

There is a possibility, with the Inspector's approval that audio from the Inquiry will be broadcast live on the internet by the Borough Council. Listeners will be able to tune into an audio-only broadcast of proceedings from mid morning on Wednesday, September 13, using the link  if the Inspector agrees when the Inquiry opens at 10am.

We will continue to publish updates in relation to the timetable for the Inquiry, once this has been set out by the Inspector.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Development Control on 01205 314305.