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No beach plan inquiry

Fisherman's Beach in Hythe
Fisherman's Beach in Hythe

by Tricia Jamieson

The government has decided not to hold a public inquiry into the controversial development plans for Fisherman’s Beach at Hythe.
The decision means that Shepway council can go ahead and grant itself planning permission as it owns part of the land.
Hythe town councillor John Schoner, who opposed the plans, said: “I am very disappointed that they have not listened to the people.
“The government talks about the Big Society and localism but this decision goes against that.
“I thought there was enough evidence to review the decision.”
Hythe council had voted against the development but that was overruled by Shepway which approved it subject to conditions.
Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, told the council not to grant planning permission before December 17 without his authorisation.
He wanted to consider whether or not to “call in” the application and determine it himself through a public inquiry.
The development, for 62 homes, a fish restaurant, Griggs fishmongers, eight fishermen’s huts and a boardwalk, was opposed by a 1,800-signature petition and a number of letters of objection.

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