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Day 14 - 16th January 2014

posted 17 Jan 2014, 15:21 by planning users   [ updated 17 Jan 2014, 15:21 ]
The day opened with Mr Jeremy Smith still at the witness desk – I trust he had a comfortable night! A morning of questions from the Stroud District Council QC and from GlosVAIN’s own Alan Watson was still met by claims from Mr Smith that he was right and everyone else was wrong. I was still finding it hard to understand why he knew exactly how he arrived at the conclusion that the proposed Incinerator was of negligible harm to the landscape when I define its effect would cause substantial harm!

Jan Bayley asked a very good question relating to light pollution from the internal lighting on the west elevation and the Inspector finished by asking where Mr Smith thought the creep from the South edge of Gloucester would end.

Next up was Dr Stephan Carter from UBB for heritage matters and it would appear he is another professional witness brought in because of his expertise at public inquiries. He started off being led by Mr Phillips QC in stating why he thought English Heritage had got it wrong but again this is all a matter of professional judgement and I believe English Heritage who are a Statutory Consultee are more independently qualified to make the right call – and they say the damage to our Heritage Sites would be substantial.