We posted earlier about the county council’s potential breach of planning permission over the Cogges Link Road, but you might be wondering what’s happening with the inquiry into the road.
It’s worth remembering that the public inquiry last autumn was not about planning permission for the road. It was about whether the county council can force local landowner the Mawle Trust to sell their land in order to build the road. Forcing someone to sell land is known as a compulsory purchase order and requires an inquiry to establish whether it’s justified by a “compelling case in the public interest”. That decision is ultimately made by Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Transport. Her decision is not expected to be made public until May, almost certainly after the district council elections which take place on the 3rd.