I share with you the letter that appears to have become the standard 'reply' saying a 'BIG NO!' to anyone requesting that The Secretary of State 'call-in' the Planning Decision taken by TDC on 9th October in regard to 08/0400 (Phase 1 Gateway). According to my count so far, 4 correspondents in Thanet have received this identical letter since Monday. However, there is more to the business of this letter than meets the eye.
The discerning will see that it is a reply to Mr Gary Thomas at CPRE in reply to their request posted and dated on the 10th October; CPRE were fast off the mark.!
It did them no good, however , in getting a fast reply. Others in Thanet received a copy of the GOSE letter to CPRE before CPRE did; CPRE's nice copy arrived in Smeeth this morning!
What's my point? It is this. One of my correspondents tells me that he posted his letter on 16th October listing a whole series of concerns about the Planning Process at TDC and yet received a letter today, with a letter attached and addressed to CPRE and dated 17th October that was clearly prepared in advance of receipt of his letter by GOSE and had nothing whatsoever to do with the points he had raised with the Secretary of State. In other words, his letter was clearly not read, probably binned and not responded to at all but he still got the 'reply' to CPRE before CPRE did!
This is called the 'Democratic Process'? You could have told the Secretary of State that TDC received £5,000,000 sponsorship from the developer whilst its application was live or that every Councillor in TDC who approved the application had received a personal gift of a luxury yacht (all of course untrue) but even it had been true you would have been wasting your time; you would have still got the same letter addressed to CPRE!
So GOSE and the Secretary of State appear to have pre-determined that under no circumstances whatsoever will 08/0400 be called in. This may of course be due to GOSE, SEEDA and SEERA all supporting the Gateway Scheme to be foisted on Thanet and GOSE have had a series of meetings with CGP ,of course.
We thus have a bureaucracy that is not only crassly inept but holds its citizens in utter contempt. It is so contemptuous of them that it cannot even be bothered to 'pretend' to read correspondence and reply to it with reasoned argument.