The Correspondence following a meeting, 25-Nov-2013, originally called because the Planning Officer had stopped communicating is laid out in a flat file below.
The initial drawings sent to the complainants indicated that the shed was about 3m taller than planned. We were then sent drawings provided by the management of UK Docks that can best be described as ambiguous. Vital details regarding the height were missing and they bore no evidence of being anywhere near the authorising body and were certainly not authorised.
The 1996 plans were in fact 1997 plans and the drawing he attached was not authorised because it contained an error. See Figure 1.
From: Peter.Cunningham@southtyneside.gov.uk To: Mick Dawson Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:17:46 +0000 Subject: RE: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov [PROTECT] Mr Dawson – once again - I have measured this on site and have copied the 1996 plans across to you twice already (attached again for your use) and I have explained during our meeting that the base and height of the structure are compliant...this is the end of the matter as far as I am concerned Please do not email me again Regards Peter Cunningham Principal Planning Officer South Tyneside Council, Development Management, Planning Group, Development Services ... Unless otherwise stated, opinions, conclusions and other information expressed in this message are personal, and not those of South Tyneside Council. ________________________________ From: Michael Dawson Sent: 19 December 2013 21:29 To: Peter Cunningham Cc: Cllr John Anglin; Graeme Watson; David and Julie; Anne Connolly; Melanie Todd; Matthew Burge; Alan & Elva Freeman; Ken Haig Subject: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov Dear Peter, I have sufficient skills in surveying to be able to measure the width of the structure without access to the site and can say with confidence that it is 13.20m wide give or take 0.05m. The towers are vertical and it would seem to me that it is reasonable to assume that the footings, laid in 2001, are the same width. We still need to receive a copy of the date stamped approved drawing from 1996. regards Michael Dawson ________________________________ From: Peter.Cunningham@southtyneside.gov.uk To: email@example.com Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:47:07 +0000 Subject: RE: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED] Mr Dawson – when did you get access to measure the structure on site ? Regards Peter Cunningham ________________________________ From: Michael Dawson Sent: 16 December 2013 16:10 To: Cllr John Anglin; Peter Cunningham Cc: Graeme Watson; David and Julie; Anne Connolly; Melanie Todd; Matthew Burge; Alan & Elva Freeman; Ken Haig Subject: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov Cllr John Anglin, Inappropriate Developments on the Riverside. Thank you for the summary of the meeting of the 25th Nov. I agree that this is a reasonable record of the meeting. However, the TGA Committee members where made to understand by the current Chairman, Graeme Watson, that this would be a formal meeting 'standard meeting with structured protocols'. So far details of the meeting have been word of mouth only, as you say no records exist, which makes the dissemination of information to the wider membership difficult. I would like to comment on your first point about drawings seen and have attached three images to help make this clear. First a sketch of the plans I think we were discussing at the meeting (image on the left) and second, a detail from the drawing, date stamped 5th Sept, provided by Peter Cunningham. The photo of the structure completed in early September speaks for itself. I have measured the structure concerned and it is a meter wider than the date stamped plan provided. Therefore the footings placed in 2001 must have been set a meter wider as well. An image was forwarded to Peter Cunningham showing that the current structure is too short to accommodate the Nexus Ferry; not suitable for purpose? I maintain that the existing construction has not been built to the plans as circulated by Peter Cunningham. I am therefore requesting a copy of the plan presented at the November meeting as represented by my sketch. I am concerned that the planning department is about to allow a building that is not being constructed to an approved plan an occurrence of which I have personal experience. This is an important issue to residents of the Riverside who need to be kept fully informed, particularly as it is understood that Mr Wilson or his representatives are currently in the pre-planning stage with the council regarding further works. I believe therefore that any future meetings regarding this matter should be formal and recorded. Yours sincerely Michael Dawson. ________________________________ From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Mick Dawson Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:37:40 +0000 Subject: RE: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov Michael I took no minutes as is customary at these informal meetings. For your record I am sure all would agree : 1. The Exec representatives of the Group accepted that the construction had been made legally as per drawings seen. 2. The Exec representatives accepted that Items 3 and 4 which had not been complied with by the building company previously had now been properly addressed. 3. Concern was expressed that the building as approved would be unfit for purpose ( eg not big enough to take in the Ferryboat ) but this was accompany problem until/ or if, additional construction was made. 4. Concern was expressed as to the fact that there had been rumours that the Company was preparing to apply for further Planning Permission for at least one more building of about the same size. It was agreed that until Planning Permission was requested no other action or re-action could be made by the Council. Indeed, that if a request was made the final decision could end up being made by persons from outside the Borough. Best Regards John ________________________________ From: Michael Dawson Sent: 28 November 2013 19:01 To: Cllr John Anglin Subject: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov Dear Councillor Thank you for arranging the meeting of Monday 25th, please could you send a copy of the minutes. regards Michael Dawson ________________________________ From: Peter.Cunningham@southtyneside.gov.uk To: Mick Dawson Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:04:52 +0000 Subject: RE: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED] Hello – I attach a copy of the plan and a copy of the grant of planning permission to which this drawing refers I was invited to attend this meeting so I did not take any minutes Best regards Peter From: Michael Dawson Sent: 27 November 2013 10:52 To: Peter Cunningham Subject: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov Sorry Peter, I meant to ask you to send me a copy of the minutes of Monday 25th meeting, could you forward them along with the requested drawing please. regards Mick Dawson ________________________________ From: Mick Dawson To: email@example.com Subject: RE: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED] Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:31:12 +0000 Hello again - the large one, A2 possibly, that you showed to the representatives from the TGA. regards Mick Dawson ________________________________ From: Peter.Cunningham@southtyneside.gov.uk To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:18:37 +0000 Subject: RE: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED] Hello Mr Dawson – thanks for the photo – in terms of the drawing that you want copying which one was it? Best regards Peter Cunningham Principal Planning Officer ________________________________ From: Michael Dawson Sent: 26 November 2013 15:30 To: Peter Cunningham Subject: TGA - Town Hall Meeting 25 Nov Dear Peter Please find attached a copy of the picture showing the ferry protruding out of the structure on River Drive, mentioned yesterday at our meeting. Please send me a copy of the drawing you referred to yesterday. regards Mick Dawson ________________________________ This email and any files transmitted with it are intended solely for the named recipient and may contain sensitive, confidential or protectively marked material up to the central government classification of “RESTRICTED" which must be handled accordingly. Unless explicitly stated otherwise views or opinions expressed in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Council and are not intended to be legally binding. 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