“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more“
Henry V – by William Shakespeare
For the second time Mr Tim Steer (pictured) has rallied himself to “take up arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing them end them?” Again it relates to planning application Y16/0623/SH Little Densole Farm, Canterbury Rd, Densole. He and his legal team has successfully lodged a second judicial review at the High Court. We the Shepwayvox Team wish him the best of luck and offer him our full and unreserved support.
The case is between:
The 5.5 hectares site at Little Densole Farm, sits in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and locally designated as a special landscape area.
To remind you, the first judicial review began way back on a cold winter’s night in February 2017. In this blog post we the Shepwayvox Team, set out how close Cllr Monk was to the applicants, Mr & Mrs Westgarth.
It was the Shepwayvox TEAM who made clear that after a health incident while on holiday in Spain in 2013, Mr & Mrs Monk were forced to return to the UK. However, they had to stay with the Westgarths, because at their home in Densole, the builders were undertaking renovations.
Mr Steer was not happy with the first outcome so elected to bring a judicial review of the decision made by Cllrs on the 28th Feb 2017. The case came before the courts on the 25th Jan 2018 and the judgement was handed down on February the 16th 2018. The eight Cllrs who voted for the original application on the 28th Feb voted irrationally which led to the then Shepway District Council having to pay £22,750 in costs for the Judicial Review and a further £14,681.82 to LSR Solicitors & Planning Consultants, the Council’s legal team. So all in all it cost the Shepway taxpayer £37,432. That’s quite an expensive irrational moment by eight Cllrs; which of course they did not personally have to pay for – the Council’s public purse; which you dear reader contribute to, had to pay. Are our Cllrs value for money?
Such a mass moment of irrationality by eight cllrs cost the council dear.
On the 29th May 2018, the planning application Y16/0623/SH returned to Folkestone & Hythe District Planning Committee, as was necessary because their first decision, taken on that cold winter’s night of Feb 2017, was deemed irrational, by the courts. It is this second resubmission which has led to the second judicial review.
Now on Mr Steer spoke against the application and the Folkestone & Hythe Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Stuart Peall, who is one of the District Councillors for the Swingfield area; which is known as North Downs East Ward, spoke against the application too. He, unlike Cllr Monk, alleges he does NOT “know” Mr Westgarth.
Now eight Cllrs voted to approve the decision on the 29th May, might they too have behaved irrationally and potentially cost us another £48,875? The total sum payable last time around was LSR Solicitors – £11,185.42 (made up of £9,085.50 plus VAT plus printing/postage/conference call costs of £282.82); Daniel Stedman Jones – the Barrister FHDC used in the Judicial review – was £14,940.00 (made up of £12,450.00 plus VAT), amounting in total to £26,125.42. So add that to £22,750 costs FHDC must pay one has £48,875.
Anyway, moving on The Cllrs who voted for were:
Councillor Russell (I’ve never been investigated about my expenses) Tillson (proposer)
Councillor Jennifer (nine homes) Hollingsbee (seconder)
Councillor Alan Ewart-James
Councillor Claire Jeffrey (substitue for Cllr Dick Pascoe)
Councillor Len Laws
Councillor Michael Lyons
Councillor Damon Robinson
Councillor Roger Wilkins
Good luck Mr Steer, our household is full supportive of your action, well done & thank you.
Not sure what’s happening, but a dumper truck is backwards and forwards since the end of last week. It’s distributing soil around the site. Looks like full steam ahead regardless of court case!
Anyone know what happening about this development? I was informed that it was going back to court this month (June). Any updates.