At today’s session we discussed the Section 106 agreement – a legal document to be signed by Waverley Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Dunsfold Aerodrome Ltd and Trinity College Cambridge – and the conditions which would be applied if the Secretary of State were to grant planning permission. The Planning Inspector pointed out that this was all hypothetical as the documents would only come into effect if the Secretary of State were to grant planning permission.
POW and the Parishes had the Section 106 agreement reviewed by a legal expert from Gowling WLG, who had produced a note that we supplied to the Inspector and the other parties. As well as querying technical issues, this note detailed apparent weaknesses in the clauses on affordable housing, the provision of community facilities, health and education services as well as buses and other transport issues. Dunsfold Park’s position was simply that they intended to make no changes. Their legal adviser summarised the Section 106 and went through our points, accepting none. Having heard what was said, our QC, Mr Paul Stinchcombe told the Inspector that we stood by every word of the document submitted. It is for the Inspector to advise the Secretary of State on whether the Section 106 agreement is sufficiently robust.
The 43 proposed Conditions were then discussed. Mr Thomas Rice, of Barton Willmore, representing us, circulated a note with suggested amendments to tighten some of the conditions. Almost all of these proposed changes were rejected by Dunsfold Park as unnecessary, too onerous, unreasonable etc. Again, it is for the Inspector to judge and advise the Secretary of State on what would be appropriate were he to approve the scheme. However, one significant point that was conceded was to insert reference to a lighting plan, to try to conserve our dark skies.
The Inspector then departed on an accompanied site visit to the Aerodrome. Mrs Beverley Weddell – clerk to Alfold, Hascombe and Plaistow & Ifold Parishes – represented POW and the Parishes.
There will be no hearing on Wednesday 2nd August. The Inquiry will convene for the final hearing at 9.30am on Thursday 3rd August when the three parties – Waverley Borough Council, Dunsfold Park and POW & the Joint Parishes – will make their closing statements.
Please come along if you can to support us on our final day!