The public inquiry over plans by Intu to build on public space at Midsummer Place commenced earlier in September. The inquiry ran for five days but this was not enough time for all of the evidence to be heard. Therefore the inquiry has been extended and will resume for three days between 30 November and 2 December.
During the proceedings a number of local people spoke in support of the Town Council’s position, which provided the inspector with a sense of the strength and diversity of local opinion on the plans and the importance of CMK’s design and heritage. As part of the extended inquiry the inspector will be touring the site to get a first hand view of the location and its features.
In addition to the main inquiry there was also an extra two-day technical inquiry over the stopping up order that will be needed to close the areas of public highway affected by the plans. It is likely that the ultimate result of the inquiry will not be known until well into 2017.