Minerva absent from Whitgift Centre CPO Inquiry Provisional Programme

The first surprise in today’s opening of the CPO Inquiry into the Whitgift Centre redevelopment scheme is the absence in the provisional timetable of Minerva as presenting its case. It had appeared up to then that Minerva would be a leading objector – see my Croydon Citizen posting:  http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/minerva-roman-goddess. According to the Inquiry Programme Officer the firm has decided not to appear at the Inquiry, but that its objection still stands.

The morning began with opening remarks by the Inspector, and opening statements by David Elvin, QC. on behalf of the Council (LBC) and Croydon Limited Partnership (CLP). This was followed by cross-and re-examination of evidence by Bob Allies (Allies and Morrison).

The provisional detailed programme is summarised below. It is subject to change at short notice so to keep in touch with changes contact the Programme Officer Joanna Vincent: 07483 133975; joannavincent@personaassociates.co.uk. Each witness is subject to cross and re-examination

Week 1. The Case for the Council and the developers

Day 2 – Wednesday 4 February. 10am

Bob Allies (Allies and Morrison) and John Rhodes (Director, Quod Planning)

Day 3 – Thursday 5 February. 10am

John Rhodes (Director, Quod Planning) and John Burton (Director of Development, CLP)

Day 4 – Friday 6 February. 9.30am

John Burton

WEEK 2.  The Case for the Council and the developers

Day 5 – Tuesday 10 February. 10am

Mike Kiely (Director of Planning, LBC) and Jo Negrini (Exec Director of Development, LBC)

Day 6 – Wednesday 11 February. 10am

Steve Skelton (Director, Project Control, CLP)

Day 7 – Thursday 12 February. 10am

Steve Iles (Head of Highways, LBC) and Richard Owen (Deloitte)

Day 8 – Friday 13 February. 9.30am

Richard Owen (Deloitte)

Tuesday 17 February to Friday 20 February. Non-Sitting Week

WEEK 3. The Case for the Objectors

Day 9 – Tuesday 24 February. 10am

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited : Tom Olden and Jonathan Graham

Day 10 – Wednesday 25 February. 10am

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Whitgift One Limited, Whitgift Two Limited and the Whitgift Trust (the Whitgift Trust): Graham Chase (Senior Partner, Chase & Partners); Robert Oliver (Director, Vale Retail Ltd and Vale Asset Management Limited)

Day 11 – Thursday 26 February. 10am

Whitgift One Limited, Whitgift Two Limited and the Whitgift Trust (the Whitgift Trust)

Day 12 – Friday 27 February. 9.30am

National Westminster Bank Plc: Mark Davey (GVA)

W H Smith Retail Holdings Limited: Christopher Williams (Group Property Director)

WEEK 4. The Case for the Objectors

Day 13 – Tuesday 3 March. 10am

Marks and Spencer Scottish Limited Partnership and Marks and Spencer PLC:  Anthony Chase (Gerald Eve) and Peter Line (Head of Retail, South Division)

Day 14 – Wednesday 4 March. 10am

Peter Line (Head of Retail, South Division, M&S)

Peter Stone (Director TTG Architects Ltd)

Day 15 – Thursday 5 March. 10am

The Case for Individual Objectors – including any questions: Sean Creighton and Susan Oliver.

Day 16 – Friday 6 March. 9.30am.

To be confirmed.

WEEK 5. The Case for the Objectors and Close

Day 17 – Tuesday 10 March. 10am

Bouwfonds European Real Estate Parking Fund, Croydon S.A.R.L – Whitgift Car Park, Bouwfonds European Real Estate Parking Fund Croydon S.A.R.L, Allders Car Park and Bouwfonds IM Financial Services B.V.; Whitgift and Allders Car Parks (“Bouwfonds”): Peter Roberts

Rush Hairdressers, Health & Beauty: James Winbourne (Winbourne Martin French)

Day 18 – Wednesday 11 March. 10am

Closing Submissions

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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One Response to Minerva absent from Whitgift Centre CPO Inquiry Provisional Programme

  1. Opening the case for the Council QC David Elvin dismissed the business objectors. See report in Croydon Guardian http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/localnews/11768674.Town_centre_s_future_on_the_line_in___1bn_public_inquiry/

    It has just been reported that Westfield Corp may be subject of a take-over. https://www.fool.com.au/2015/02/03/is-westfield-corp-ltd-a-takeover-target/

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