Public inquiry closes

The public inquiry into the application for development of the former West End police station site took place between the 16 and 24 November at The Beacon, West Road.

The event was well attended, and we are proud to report that we overran the speaking time allocated for residents and interested parties on the first day. This effort set the tone for the days that followed.

For those who were able to attend and take part in the ‘round table’ discussions throughout the inquiry, thank you for your support and valuable contributions.

The West End Residents’ Association was represented by barrister Joe Thomas, along with three residents who gave evidence from lived experience to assist the inspector in making her decision.

It was a tough six days, but we feel we performed well in representing ourselves and the West End.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Dr David Webb, Councillor Joyce McCarty and retired planning inspector David Cullingford whose contributions brought extra weight to our case.

Finally, we would like to convey our heartfelt thanks to our benefactors Charles and Helen Dix, whose generosity allowed the residents’ case to be heard.

It’s a waiting game now.

The decision will be displayed on the inspectorate’s website:

Reference: APP/M4510/W/20/3263441

Copies of the final speeches from the three barristers are below: