First Day at the Station Rd Inquiry

The call-in Inquiry started today at the Park Inn in Telford.

This Inquiry is only happening largely thanks to the many people in Newport,Church Aston and surrounding rural areas who wrote to T&W, lobbied our MP, attended public meetings and generally stood up to St.Modwen and T&W.

A number of local organisations,lead by Cllr Nelson on behalf of NTC, as well as individuals,stood up to register an interest to address the Inquiry on the evening of 12th February 2013. The Inspector said that he hoped to make some additional time during the day available towards the end of the Inquiry for others who might want to speak. We will let you have details in due course.

The team acting for the Audley Avenue applicant announced that an agreement had been finalised last night for Morrisons to be the food store operator.Further details about this will no doubt come out as the Inquiry progresses.

The barrister acting on behalf of T&W informed the Inquiry that T&W had failed in the High Court in challenging the decision of the Inspector at the Mere Park Inquiry held last year that Mere Park was not limited to selling seasonal goods. Full details of the decision are expected in the next couple of days.

The Inspector decided not to hear evidence from a witness about the employment designation/use of the land at Audley Avenue. The evidence is to be by written submission only. This appeared to be a disappointment to the barrister and team representing T&W.

Tomorrow is likely to be taken up with the cross-examination of the retail expert representing St.Modwen.

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