No Permission for Enclosure (Shed) on River Drive

RE: Complaint: 248789 – Unplanned Development on River Drive
From: Nicola Robason Date: 19/12/2019 (09:56:34 AM GMT)
To: mick.dawson@theharbourview.co.uk Message Log
– You forwarded this message on 23/12/2019 11:00:46 AM to: Cllr Angela Hamilton, Emma Lewell-Buck, Nicola Robason, Cllr David Francis, Alison Hoy and local residents

Dear Mr Dawson
Thank you for your recent emails and your letter dated 5 December 2019.
I can confirm that I am the Council’s Monitoring Officer. In that capacity, I have read and considered the information you have provided in relation to UK Docks and River Drive and specifically your request for information.
I can confirm that the Council as Local Planning Authority has not received a retrospective planning application from UK Docks. It is entirely a matter for UK Docks to decide whether or not to submit such an application and the Council has no influence in that matter.
I am also aware of the history of this development that goes back some years with the original planning application being determined and approved by the Tyne and Wear Development Corporation in their capacity as Planning Authority at that time. The Council has recognised that the development of the shed on the site is unauthorised but concluded some time ago, in accordance with the Constitution, that no enforcement action would be taken as this was not in the public interest as there would be no change in the level of perceived harm suffered. This decision and the reasoning behind it was communicated to residents by the Council.
I understand that all complaints procedures regarding this matter have been exhausted both internally within the Council and externally.
Many thanks
Nicola
Nicola Robason Head of Corporate & External Affairs and Monitoring Officer South Tyneside Council

Avoiding the issue 2019

The issue is the height of the shed, and that has been an issue since September 2013, being built some 2.7m taller than permitted. Sometimes it was the width as well.

The width changed from being of no consequence in September 2013, to being a material consideration then although being wider than planned, it was causing no harm and back to a non-material consideration by April 2019 – It is, being nearly a meter wider than planned, a material consideration and has been since 2001 when fixings for the columns was set.
Request to confirm that UK Docks had not been granted permission for their shed off River Drive – put to the Monitoring Officer (MH) on 7th May and answered by the Monitioring Officer(NR) on 19th December.

Date From to: About?
1: 2019
07-May
The Harbour
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Monitoring Officer: UK Dock’s Slipway Enclosure and STC Council. – I am aware they had not before they (extended their shed )applied for permission to extend it. You can confirm that this is true?
Stuart Wright Head of Environment (Planning) – I’m away from the office now until Monday 13th May and will not have access to emails. I will respond on my return.
2.
20-May
THV Alison Hoy: AH and Misrepresentation/misinformation given by South Tyneside Council
Mike Harding I am currently out of the office. Please contact Ben Broome, Paul McCann, Eamonn Breen or Mike Conlon
3.
12-Sep
THV Mike Harding: UK Docks, STC and the LGO – May , 2019
Mike Harding I am currently out of the office. Please contact Ben Broome, Paul McCann, Eamonn Breen or Mike Conlon
4.
17-Sep
THV Building Control: Tyne Slipway & Eng Co Ltd Erection of a Shelter ST/0242 /96.
Deborah Graham Hi Planning, Please see attached and email below which I believe was meant for planning – it was sent to building control and it looks like they told Deborah to dump it on planning to avoid answering the questions honestly.
5.
25-Sep
THV Monitoring Officer – NR: UK Docks, STC and the LGO
Gill Hayton I am out of the office until 30 September 2019. I do not have access to my emails. Please contact: John Rumney, Ben Broome, Eamonn Breen, Paul McCann , David Hayward – first evidence that Mike Harding is no longer in post.
6.
30-Sep
THV ELB( MP): Dishonesty at the Town Hall
Copy to Monitoring Officer: Nicola Robison
Emma Lewell-Buck Thank you for contacting Emma Lewell-Buck, Member of Parliament for South Shields.
7
5-Dec
THV Monitoring Officer – NR: Complaint: 248789 – Unplanned Development on River Drive
– Att: copy of letter from Peter Dunn& Co.(Solicitors)
Nicola Robason Automatic reply: Complaint: 248789 – Unplanned Development on River Drive
8.
12-Dec
THV Cllrs and STC: Complaint: 248789 – Unplanned Development on River Drive
Nicola Robason That should have read ‘now’ consider, not ‘not’ consider. Typographical error on my part – apologies
9.
13-Dec
THV Nicola and Everybody: Thank you for your apology
10.
19-Dec
Nicola Robason THV: “I can confirm that the Council as Local Planning Authority has not received a retrospective planning application from UK Docks.

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Corporate Lead and Members of Parliament.

The other residents may have made allegations but if they have been complaining about the noise and change of use of the enclosure, it is unlikely. Other than to have born witness to noise issues, I had only complained that the shed is over size, and the Council had done nothing about that since they were told it was over size in late 2013.
That was until December 18th 2016 when I raised a complaint about them using the shed on a Sunday without notice. It was actually the noise that alerted us all to it use. I initially thought is was from the Fish Quay opposite until I remembered that the Fish Quay did not operate on a Sunday out of consideration of their neighbours and that includes ‘us’ over the water.

Continue reading Corporate Lead and Members of Parliament.

Complaint: 248789 – Inappropriate Development on River Drive

----- Forwarded message from Nicola Robason Nicola.Robason@southtyneside.gov.uk -----
    Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:56:44 +0000
    From: Nicola Robason Nicola.Robason@southtyneside.gov.uk
 Subject: RE: Complaint: 248789 - Unplanned Development on River Drive
      To: mick.dawson@theharbourview.co.uk, Cllr Angela Hamilton Cllr.Angela.Hamilton@southtyneside.gov.uk,
Cllr John Anglin cllr.john.anglin@southtyneside.gov.uk,
Cllr David Francis davidfrancisdrums@hotmail.co.uk,
Mike Harding Mike.Harding@southtyneside.gov.uk,
"Gill Hayton (Solicitor)" Gill.Hayton@southtyneside.gov.uk, 
George Mansbridge George.Mansbridge@southtyneside.gov.uk, 
Hayley Johnson Hayley.Johnson@southtyneside.gov.uk, 
Alison Hoy Alison.Hoy@southtyneside.gov.uk
 Dear Mr Dawson,
 A typographic error on my behalf. 
Apologies – the sentence should have read ‘now’ consider rather than ‘not’ consider.
 I hope my reference to contacting you further in due course may have indicated this.
 Many thanks
 Nicola
 Nicola Robason
 Head of Corporate & External Affairs and Monitoring Officer
 South Tyneside Council

Dear Nicola and Everybody,

 Thank you for your apology and please note I have taken this opportunity to correct some of my own typos. I have also detached the attachments as they appear to have been duplicates.

 As you can see from the List of Denials which I have attached I have not added you yet but I have included new items 40-42 which concern the conduct of Councillor Anglin and the interference of Customer Advocacy which I may elaborate on later.

 Please discard my email of 12th December and its attachments and replace it with this email. You will notice that I still remain sceptical about getting any clarification on the retrospective planning.

 I know I shouldn’t judge you on one email but your predecessors have not set a good precedence. I suggest you look again at my correspondence with Haley Johnson and in particular my email to Michaela (nee Hamilton) of 2nd September 2016. It and my response to Mrs Johnson appear to have been discarded. Alison should be able to provide you with a copy of both.

 I seems that the Council have a policy for discarding (chucking in the bin) complaints that they do not wish answer and that goes for most of the officers I have had dealings with over the last six years, hence my response to your email of the 12th.

 My original complaint was discarded mid-January 2014 and that is why you will have problems getting to the truth and I wish you well in uncovering it.

 Kind Regards,

 Michael Dawson

Dishonesty at Town Hall, 5-Dec-19

05-Dec-19

Dear Nicola,

Dishonesty at the Town Hall

As the new Monitoring Officer for South Tyneside Council, I fear there is much that you may not have been told and here is some of the background leading to the Freedom of Information request.
If you read through the correspondence I had with Planning from the date of meeting 25-Nov-13 till mid February you will see that the Planning Manager eventually conceded that the shed was taller than planned, though it was not till 4-Mar-14 that I thanked him him for the concession: “Thank you also for confirming that the Slipway Shed is not built to the approved 1996 plans. Continue reading Dishonesty at Town Hall, 5-Dec-19

Freedom of Information Request

Dear Nicola,

Please see the Freedom of Information (FOI) request, below. I managed to establish that no retrospective planning application for the shed had been made and I just need you to confirm it. As Monitoring Officer you should be able to do that without any bother. It is a binary choice: Has retrospective planning for the shed been granted: Yes/No.
I have asked your predecessor, Mike Harding, the same question in a different way but he has not answered:

“Angela and therefore Julie have been misinformed by UK Docks and you can confirm that also. To it bluntly, whoever told them that UK Docks had submitted a retrospective application was lying.”

We, the local residents, all know that UK Docks never made a request for retrospective planning else we would have had notice of it and we had not. We also knew that the shed had been built nearly 3m taller than permitted before the 5th frame went up but the Council said otherwise and misinformed the Ombudsman about it. The reason for this is now known: firstly to hide misconduct and the second to deflect enquiries and they had been doing that for 5 years.
I can foresee that the Council/UK Docks will try the same trick with ‘retrospective planning’ and this needs to be nipped in the bud hence my FOI and the ‘Dear Nicola’ letter which I have also attached.

Kind regards
Michael Continue reading Freedom of Information Request

To Monitoring Officer 5-DEC-19

Complaint: 248789 – Unplanned Development on River Drive
From: mick.dawson@theharbourview.co.uk
Date: 05/12/2019 (17:32:25 GMT)
To: Nicola Robason
Cc: Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Cllr Angela Hamilton, Mike Harding, Gill Hayton (Solicitor), George Mansbridge,  Hayley Johnson, Stephen Hepburn MP,  Alison Hoy,  Cllr David Francis,  Andrew Tilbury

Dear Nicola,

Please see the Freedom of Information (FOI) request which I have attached. I managed to establish that no retrospective planning application for the shed had been made and I just need you to confirm it. As Monitoring Officer you should be able to do that without any bother. It is a binary choice: Has retrospective planning for the shed been granted: Yes/No.
I have asked your predecessor, Mike Harding, the same question in a different way but he has not answered:

/”Angela and therefore Julie have been misinformed by UK Docks and you can confirm that also. To it bluntly, whoever told them that UK Docks had submitted a retrospective application was lying.”/

We, the local residents, all know that UK Docks never made a request for retrospective planning else we would have had notice of it and we had not. We also knew that the shed had been built nearly 3m taller than permitted before the 5th frame went up but the Council said otherwise and misinformed the Ombudsman about it. The reason for this is now known: firstly to hide misconduct and the second to deflect enquiries and they had been doing that for 5 years.
I can foresee that the Council/UK Docks will try the same trick with ‘retrospective planning’ and this needs to be nipped in the bud hence my FOI and the ‘Dear Nicola’ letter which I have also attached.

Kind regards
Michael