Well the news that I outlined in my morning addenda to yesterday’s post are confirmed by the photograph’s I took an hour ago.
Work is progressing fast on construction of the film set for the feature film RUSH. It would appear from the photograph’s that they are constructing the “72m run of pit garages”.
This would appear to be in direct contravention of the conditions of the planning decision issued by the case officer on 12th January, where it stated
no development could take place for a p21 day period commencing the date that this permission is issued, to comply with Section 28l of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended
With this in mind, I have made Natural England (the relevant statutory authority who raised the need to issue this legal requirement when they objected to the planning proposal) aware that the planning conditions have been broken. I am awaiting their response.
I am also aware that Yateley Town Council are aware of the situation and have alerted Hart District Council’s Enforcement Officers to this breach of planning conditions. Town Councillors have told me by email that they were assured by the Case Officer at Hart District Council that
should planning officers use delegated powers and decide to grant permission to the film company, no work could be started for 21 days
These photo’s increasingly question the integrity of the film maker Ron Howard and his team, and their stated intention to (and I quote from their mailshot through my door this morning)
establish relationships with people in the nearby community such that we can respond to an particular needs or wishes.
If the obvious planning condition breaches are not enforced I believe this also brings into severe question the processes and integrity of our local planning department, their paid officials, and elected officers. Already I have seen first hand accounts of people who have contacted the Planning Department at Hart District Council and been treated rudely and with distrust.
Two additional issues spring to mind from the photographs that I’ve taken:
- I could not see any visible site security or safety precautions in place – not an inch of red tape anywhere;
- I wondered whether the lights shown in the photo (left) comply with Hampshire County Council’s Senior Ecologist’s wish that
in order to protect nocturnal life, I advise that any nocturnal lighting used, during both the proposed construction and filming, is directional and uses hooded lamps in order to prevent light spillage into the habitats adjacent to the runway