An inquiry into the controversial £80m outer harbour project could be held as soon as March, a government document shows.

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A dozen parties have already made representations to the planning inspectorate, demonstrating the level of interest.

However some of these “have since been withdrawn” for reasons that have not been stated.

The inquiry - brought by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) - will look at the outer harbour’s revision order application, made in January 2010.

This involved the handover from the public Great Yarmouth Port Authority to the private Great Yarmouth Port Company, and changes to the port authority board.

Main concerns have been outlined ahead of the hearing, and they centre on the “suitability” of a private company running a former trust port.

Questions have also been raised over the division of responsibility between the public port authority and the private port company.

And campaigners fear a harbour revision order may not be the most “appropriate mechanism” by which to transfer power.

The precise format of the inquiry has been left to the government planning inspector.

Campaigners have asked that the selected inspector has experience of orders made under the Harbours Act 1964. Any pre-inquiry meeting would be held at the discretion of the inspector, and two months have been earmarked for the inquiry - March and April 2013.

It is not known how long the inquiry would run for, and the venue is also yet to be confirmed.

16 comments

  • Yeah. Wake up and smell the coffee tea&biscuits.

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    ThePresence

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • March ?. Not soon enough. Lets get the courts on standby as well.

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    "V"

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Sorry, the comments are laughable! "Courts on standby" - this isn't an episode of Ms Marple, or Quincy. And the port is now privately owned fester, not owned by "us" as you state. You do know what a privately owned company is, right? Just get the sale old comments on here. The same for the Edge article. Any form of investment is always criticised on here...

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    ReapnSow

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Which land do the public own, and what "public"?. The Council owns land and does as it sees fit with it. If the council gave it away how can it be theft? Lastly, how do you know what or if the council "gave" away? It might have been leased to the port company.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • I get slightly confused as to why people think East port have to answer to the public of Gt Yarmouth. They're a private company aren't they? They can do what they like and it's nobodys business except theirs. If they have news and don't want to announce yet, then whose place is it to demand information? Only the shareholders.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • So why spin us a line promising "Jam tomorrow" unless it's to appease critics or otherwise justify themselves, OUR investment (we have ONE share in Eastport) or their "Management" Don't tell me something then renege on that commitment just to get your name in the media associated with something positive no matter how vapid or vacous that something actually is. The only news stories I've seen recently about the offshore industry are hundreds of jobs being ACTUALLY created in Aberdeen and jobs lost in their hundreds here.

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    fester1902

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • wes, I think you will find that as you can offer neither a factual nor intelligent response, it shows that it certainly isn't me who is ignorant.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • and if they have no news, then the port carries on working the same, and it doesn't effect the public of Gt Yarmouth either way.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Well I'm still waiting for the "Good news" Johnathon Frater said was coming on October the 2nd. I make that three very nearly three months to the day in my book. Another spoonful of bull with your tea&biscuits?

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    fester1902

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Let's see Trevor Wainwright put his money where his mouth is and do some digging into this.

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    ThePresence

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Tea&Biscuits you are seriously deluded, in bed with that other pigeon necked idiot, Mick Castle or just ignorant.

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    wes1975

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Oh good a public inquiry. Sadly I don't have 75 years to spare.

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    Z:)

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Worthless bolting of stable doors long after....Will there be a refund to the public? No just more cost generated rehashing this poor decision. GY is business UN friendly and does nothing but talk and build obstacles in its attempt to engineer the local economy. Business all over the UK understand this and find batter locations to PARTENER with.

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    Paul Morley

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • why is this titled as Outer Harbour inquiry when it's nothing to do with the outer harbour? It's purely to look at the transfer of powers to the port company. Although I'm sure Mr Cooper and cronies will do their best to hijack it as they do everything else.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Sorry Reapnsow but courts on standby. It was port_harbour land owned by the public, through the council that was stolen and given to a private company. This is theft and the purportrators must be charged with such, even if they dont work for the council anymore.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Worthless bolting of stable doors long after....Will there be a refund to the public? No just more cost generated rehashing this poor decision. GY is business UN friendly and does nothing but talk and build obstacles in its attempt to engineer the local economy. Business all over the UK understand this and find batter locations to PARTENER with.

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    Paul Morley

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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