Who knew what, when?
The question matters because, at some stage between the beginning of 2012 and the middle of 2013, it seems (we are told) that the plans for Kempton Park changed from a much smaller scheme to be built along the western and southern edges of the Kempton Park estate (bordering the racecourse section of the land), to a much larger scheme for up to 1500 units – possibly bigger – on the eastern half of the Kempton Park estate. (Although, since the entire estate is Green Belt, any development there would be contrary to the current Spelthorne Local Development Plan.)
What we can say definitely so far is:
1. One of Surrey County Council’s Transport Officers on 5 Jun 2013 mentions (see KKG Document 8 attached) being invited to a meeting on 2 Jul 2013 to discuss a potential development of 1500 to 2000 dwellings. That meeting was requested by Mouchel (The Jockey Club’s transport consultants) and was to be held at the Highways Agency office in Dorking.
2. We know from emails released to us between Ramboll UK (a civil engineering consultancy) and the Environment Agency that the EA knew on 7 Jun 2013 of the plans to build on the eastern half of the Jockey Club Estate.
3. Richmond Borough Council knew, at the latest, on 9 Jul 2013 about proposals for a development of 1000 to 1500 units at Kempton Park (see KKG Document 10 attached). That meeting, in Twickenham, was also attended by Mouchel and Transport for London.
So, by 5 Jun last year, Mouchel, the Highways Agency, and Surrey County Council knew of the larger scheme. By 7 Jun, the Environment Agency knew. By 9 Jul, at the latest, Richmond Borough Council and Transport for London knew.
Bearing in mind that a lot or preparatory work would have had to be done by The Jockey Club’s consultants before any of these meetings were arranged, the question is:
When did The Jockey Club first change their mind about the size of the development, and when did they tell everyone else not included in the correspondence and meetings detailed above?
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