Letter to Mark Prisk on EHDC's Causeway planning application decision New!

Letter from a Bishop's Stortford resident to local MP, Mark Prisk, requesting a judicial review of the recent shocking decision by EHDC's Development Control Committee to approve Henderson's outline planning application

The Hon Mark Prisk
House of Commons
6 September 2011

Dear Mark Prisk

You kindly replied on 3rd August 2011 to my earlier letter of 26th July 2011 regarding the proposed development by Hendersons on the Causeway site. You identified several problems with the application, but despite your own concerns, the massive opposition from Bishops Stortford residents and the vote by all Bishops Stortford-based EHDC councillors at the Development Control meeting on Thursday 25th August 2011 objecting to the application, the non-Bishops Stortford councillors voted it through. Only one of them had the courage to actually speak up at the meeting in support of the application.

This was a travesty of justice and the anger and disappointment of the Stortford residents was very apparent. That councillors from Hertford, Buntingford and Ware could attempt to impose a major town centre development on Bishops Stortford in the face of such opposition from residents, including their own fellow (Conservative) councillors, beggars belief. I presume that no council regulations have been flouted in this process but the very unfairness of the process and the result means that justice has not been done. The people of Bishops Stortford are very angry and disturbed that yet another unwanted and unsustainable development is being foisted on them by an uncaring EHDC (following Jacksons Square and the riverside developments). We need the town to develop and change but not for it to become a New Town like Harlow. It must retain its ‘market town’ nature and style.

I would ask you as the representative of the citizens of Bishops Stortford to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that there is a judicial review of this appalling and cynical decision. It cannot be allowed to proceed on the present basis.

Yours sincerely
Rob Francis