We understand that AFC may be holding some sort of ceremonial ‘cutting of the turf’ tomorrow as a signal that they intend to commence work on Phase 1 of the development – the training facilities. We assume that before they start ground works that all relevant conditions will have been met, and in particular, evidence of condition 26 being approved by both Police and Transport Scotland available on the ACC planning portal for public scrutiny. Currently there are only draft drawings of the planned junction. We await the upload of the approved drawings, plus details of traffic signals and the interfaces with both cycle and foot paths.
Condition 26 states:
“That no development relating to Phase 1 (Training Facilities) or Phase 2 (Stadium) shall be commenced unless details of the road access junctions with the A944 to serve that phase of development (as established via condition 1: Phasing), including inter alia: junction layout, traffic signals and timings, and interface with existing cycle/footways have been submitted to, and approved by, the Planning Authority, following consultation with Transport Scotland and Police Scotland”
Please be assured that any work starting does not mean that this is game over. It is far from it. We are fully committed to bringing this case to court via the Judicial Review process. We are still within the 90 day period timeline for our petition to be lodged. We are sure you will understand that due to the very nature of this, we are not at liberty to be fully open with the details at the moment, but please be assured that we will be releasing information about it as and when it is appropriate.
The club will no doubt be full of ‘we are wasting our money‘, ‘they will not win’ and ‘we will just go back and apply again’. But they will be fully aware that the judicial review process is specifically for community groups such as NKS to challenge inappropriate developments. If it was as easy as a developer simply re-applying for the council to approve it again, what would be the point in even having a process? Community groups such as ours have challenged developers before AND WON!
The erection of the fence, the prominent display of machine/plant at the roadside and the ‘cutting the turf’ PR stunt tomorrow are all designed to make those against the development think it is all over and there is little point in continuing the campaign – but they are wrong. The real battle is only just beginning.
They think it’s all over?Not a chance.
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