Posted by: swinemoor | January 17, 2014

Robinia Revisionism

The planning decision to fell a number of trees on the Beverley Westwood Hospital site has now been made (16th January) and I am pleased to say that it would appear that the Robinia has been spared. Could this have anything to do with the petition submitted to the Pasture Masters on the 15th January? Very probably, but it is interesting to note how the decision to retain the Robinia, now that access across the Westwood is no longer a possibility, has been conveyed.

The decision to retain the tree (we assume this is the decision…) has been communicated on the ERYC Planning Application Summary Page: a screenshot of which is shown below. You will notice that the decision is specified under Status, although it is so shrouded in jargon that it is almost impossible to spot – whatever happened to plain English?

Planning Decision 16th January 2014

Planning Decision 16th January 2014

The wording on the application summary reads: 13/03894/TCA | BEVERLEY WESTWOOD CONSERVATION AREA – Fell declining Plum tree (T5), Fell self-seeded Ash trees (G7), and fell two declining Holly trees (T19-T20). | Westwood Hospital Woodlands Beverley East Riding Of Yorkshire HU17 8BU.

Contrast this with the wording at the beginning of the week:  13/03894/TCA \ BEVERLEY WESTWOOD CONSERVATION AREA – Fell declining Plum tree (T5), Fell self-seeded Ash trees (G7), Clear access around Robinia tree (T10) and fell two declining Holly trees (T19-T20). | Westwood Hospital Woodlands Beverley East Riding Of Yorkshire HU17 8BU.  Spot the difference?  The Robinia tree has disappeared from the application summary and the proposal box.  See for yourself:

Planning application 12 January 2014

Planning application 12 January 2014

No other documentation has been amended: the application from P J Livesey online has not changed.  When did this happen? It appears that not only the proposal to fell a number of trees has been altered but also the title of the application, AFTER the  consultation period had closed!  How did this happen? 

Whilst we assume this is good news for the Robinia, we are concerned that applications are changed online and there is no public record kept of any alterations to the application and its proposals.  This is very worrying and reminds one of the historical revisionism undertaken by Winston Smith in George Orwell’s 1984.  The lesson here is, don’t assume that everything you see online is constant and can be accessed whenever you wish to consult it. Things can, and do, change, even when you believe they should not.  If you are questioning the veracity of online material, download what you can and screenshot what you can’t That way you, at least, will have an accurate record of any ‘revisions’.


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  1. […] East and North Ridings of Yorkshire.  p 42) may shed some light on the matter. He says that the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 removed the powers of the town corporation with respect to the commons and that these were not then […]

  2. […] of the documentation reveals no real changes to the application in terms of demolition proposals or tree cutting although it is refreshing to note that the access route over Westwood pasture appears to have been […]


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