End of the Stratolaunch dream eases pressure on Virgin Orbit – still hoping for its first powered flight on 1st November

By Graham Smith One of the world’s most talked-about horizontal-launch spaceflight companies has been taken over by a mystery buyer, months after ceasing operations and laying off most of...

That’s the way to do it! US “Pegasus” system amazes the world with horizontal-launch of NASA satellite, as time runs out for Richard Branson and Newquay

By Graham Smith An American defence company last night successfully put a NASA satellite into orbit, having taken off – horizontally - from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The success of...

Newquay spaceport fans look to tonight’s skies over Florida

By Graham Smith Some of the technical challenges facing any horizontal-launch satellite system will come under scrutiny within the next 24 hours – with important lessons for anyone hoping...

Is a US defence company about to teach Richard Branson a lesson about horizontal-launch spaceflight?

By Graham Smith A $252 million satellite is due to be blasted into orbit this week, from underneath the wing of a giant Lockheed Stargazer aircraft, taking off from...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s nature lovers will be able to think again about the spaceport

By Graham Smith Conservationists and environmentalists will get a second chance to consider their position on the proposed Newquay spaceport next week when the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly...

Branson promises a “nominal launch soon” as he tries to reach for the skies – but the clock is ticking

By Julia Penhaligon Richard Branson has promised a “nominal launch in the very near future” of his LauncherOne rocket, as he bids to reach space for the first time....

I’m backing Boris Johnson and I want a general election now, says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Anne North St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double has become the first of Cornwall’s MPs to comment publicly on the Supreme Court ruling that the shutdown of...

Government gives cash to rival UK spaceports, as it becomes clear that Branson’s first commercial satellite launch is not now due until after Cornwall Council votes on £12million contribution

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has announced more cash for a Newquay spaceport – but has awarded even larger sums to rival operations in Scotland and Wales. The news...

Only one man can now stop Cornwall’s £12 million gamble on a Newquay spaceport – and it’s Richard Branson

By Graham Smith Supporters of plans to build a spaceport at Newquay say they are confident that Cornwall Council will contribute £12 million when the project comes before a...

Cornwall Council’s cabinet votes 6-4 to back the Newquay spaceport – but first, Richard Branson has got to get into orbit

By Graham Smith Richard Branson will get into space before Cornwall Council is asked to confirm its £12 million contribution to a Newquay spaceport, the cabinet member responsible for...

Spaceport development would make Newquay airport suitable for long-haul flights – cabinet member

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s plans for a £12 million upgrade of Newquay airport to a spaceport could see wide-bodied aircraft making regular long-haul flights, County Hall heard this...

Why build a spaceport which no-one will use? ask councillors, as Richard Branson again delays his first test flight

Northrop's Pegasus system is nearly 30 years ahead of the Virgin Orbit horizontal-launch system - but Northrop does not need a spaceport at Newquay

Cornwall’s spaceport project faces its first political hurdle today

By Graham Smith Plans to build a spaceport in Cornwall could come grinding to a halt today (Wednesday) when Cornwall Council’s cabinet meets to consider contributing £12 million towards...

“We will fight them on the beaches” – town and parish councils go to war over once-in-a-generation boundary disputes

By Graham Smith Local councils across Cornwall are preparing to do battle over which of them should survive the current Community Governance Review, with some vowing to “fight them...

Newquay Spaceport now promises 150 jobs by 2025 – last year, it promised 1,000 jobs by 2025

By Graham Smith A full-scale arm-twisting and public relations operation is underway at County Hall to persuade the ten Cornwall Council cabinet members that they must vote in favour...

County Hall: We need to gamble £12 million on Richard Branson’s spaceport right now, or “miss the opportunity”

By Graham Smith The stage is set for Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet to debate, for the first time, its policy towards a proposed Newquay spaceport when its 10 members...

Taxpayers continue to pour cash into the Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The annual taxpayer subsidy to private businesses based at the Newquay Aerohub is more than £180,000, according to official papers. The Aerohub, which was built by...

Pro-democracy protesters demonstrate outside office of St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Anne North About 150 protesters brought noise and colour to the streets of St Austell this morning as they staged a pro-democracy demonstration outside the office of local...

Bid to turn Newquay Airport into “tax free haven” after Brexit

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council could take its first steps towards turning Newquay airport into a “free” port if members vote in favour of the idea at a meeting...

St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double appointed to junior ministerial job at Department of Health

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double has been appointed to his first junior ministerial position.  He has become a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department...

You pays your money and you takes your choice: questions remain about the Spaceport’s carbon footprint

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Supporters and opponents of the proposed Newquay spaceport have been dissecting yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) Exeter University report about the project’s carbon impacts – and drawing dramatically different...

NASA gives Branson another two months to show he can put satellites into orbit

By Graham Smith NASA has given Richard Branson another two months to get his satellite rocket LauncherOne into orbit. The Virgin tycoon, who is encouraging Cornwall Council to build...

EXCLUSIVE: Newquay Airport preparing for the harsh reality of a No Deal Brexit

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport and the airlines which operate from Cornwall are bracing themselves for the impact of a No Deal Brexit, after the government’s bombshell announcement that...

Another day, another Branson delay – there will be no test flight before Cornwall Council’s next cabinet meeting, leaving spaceport in limbo

By Graham Smith Space is difficult – as Richard Branson is finding out the hard way.  Having pulled the plug on Monday’s scheduled test launch of his Virgin Orbit...

I think we’re on the same side, Brexit Party candidate tells St Austell & Newquay’s Conservative MP

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A curious show of affection has broken out between St Austell & Newquay’s Conservative MP and his Brexit Party rival. Mr Double is one of Cornwall’s...

Branson cancels again – is this the end for a Newquay spaceport?

By Graham Smith Richard Branson has slammed the brakes on the first test launch of his Virgin Orbit LauncherOne satellite system, which had been due to take off from...

Cornwall can only wait and watch as Branson’s huge space gamble tries to reach orbit for the first time

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of proposals for a £20 million spaceport at Newquay rest on an experiment over the skies of California next week. Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit...

Brexit Party picks candidate to challenge St Austell & Newquay’s Steve Double

By Anne North The Brexit Party has announced a second candidate to fight a Cornish seat in a general election. Robin Koerner is to contest the St Austell and...

Chiverton Cross “flyover” for bikes at the heart of new cycle routes West of Truro

By Graham Smith Residents of the St Agnes-Truro-Newquay area are being urged to have their say about new cycle routes.  The most eye-catching proposal is a new bridge over...

Branson takes satellite company to court after it ditched Virgin Orbit in favour of European launch system

By Graham Smith A satellite company which had been relying on Virgin Orbit to put its hardware into space has cancelled its contract with Richard Branson and deployed with...

Spaceport Cornwall waits and watches, as Branson’s final countdown gets underway in California

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The countdown is now underway for the first powered flight of Richard Branson’s LauncherOne satellite system, which the tycoon hopes to operate from Newquay within two...

Whipsiderry beach closed because of fears over cliff stability

By Peter Tremayne There are new fears about the stability of cliffs at Whipsiderry Beach, Newquay.  Coastguards are warning of rock falls and possible landslips. The warning follows concerns...

Boardmasters cancellation – it has happened before

mell3tt Last night’s decision to cancel the Boardmasters music festival at Newquay, leaving around 50,000 would-be revellers with nothing to do for the next three days, was not the...

Boardmasters cancelled due to weather fears

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Newquay Boardmasters music festival has been cancelled, just hours before today’s scheduled opening of the three-day event. Organisers blamed the forecast wet and windy weather. ...

Climate scientists keen to get their hands on County Hall’s spaceport study

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s scientific community is bracing itself for a robust exchange of views as it awaits an Exeter University report on the “carbon footprint” of the proposed...

GWR to provide 9,000 extra passenger seats for next week’s Boardmasters festival

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Great Western Railway is planning to provide more than 9,000 extra train seats to help get passengers to next week’s Boardmasters Festival at Newquay.  The company...

Lottery cash to help new management approach for Cornwall’s important sand dunes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Two of Cornwall’s most important sand dunes are to benefit from a £4 million National Lottery grant. The dunes at Penhale, and at the Towans, both...

Built by taxpayers, another piece of Newquay Aerohub goes for sale

By Anne North Cornwall Council appears poised to sell another plot of development land at the Newquay Aerohub, the “enterprise zone” business park next to the airport. A confidential...

Cornwall Council declares war on climate change – but there are still questions about Truro New Town, stadium and spaceport

By Richard Whitehouse Decisions made in future by Cornwall Council will be assessed to see whether they comply with the council’s aims to tackle climate change.  It is not...

Steve Double is first with the warm words, as Boris Johnson considers his ministerial material

By Graham Smith St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double seems to have beaten his five Cornish MP colleagues to be the first with a statement on Boris Johnson....

More questions than answers, as spaceport chiefs navigate a course towards November’s £12 million vote

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors will be asked to vote £12 million for Richard Branson’s proposed satellite launch system at their meeting in November, County Hall heard today (Tuesday.)...

“The natives are getting restless” as spaceport bosses prepare to answer councillors

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall councillors are preparing to question Newquay spaceport bosses about progress on the project, as Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit project approaches a crucial deadline for reaching...

Steve Double MP attacks Cornwall Council for “overly-officious” use of GDPR, delaying his constituency casework

By Graham Smith St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has criticised Cornwall Council for its “overly-officious” obstruction of his staff as they try to progress constituency casework. Mr...

Virgin Orbit boss visits Newquay, saying economic benefits of a spaceport outweigh climate concerns

By Richard Whitehouse The head of Virgin Orbit says that the company’s satellite launcher craft could take off from Spaceport Cornwall as soon as next year. Dan Hart, CEO...

European Commission approves Flybe takeover

By Peter Tremayne The European Commission has approved the takeover of Flybe by Connect Airways, paving the way for the company’s aircraft to be re-branded under the Virgin Atlantic...

Coming soon: everything you wanted to know about the Newquay spaceport, but were afraid to ask

By Peter Tremayne County Hall is counting down to a special meeting for councillors about the Newquay spaceport. The council chamber will play host to an all-member briefing next...

Will Branson make it into space by Saturday?

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson appears to be in danger of failing to deliver on one of his more colourful promises should he fail to make it into space...

Newquay airport rated “very good” for disabled access

By Peter Tremayne Newquay airport has been ranked as one of the best in the country for access to people with disabilities. Newquay was one of only 14 to...

Virgin Orbit clears crucial “drop test” hurdle, facing a hectic scramble to be ready for first satellite launch

By Graham Smith In an experiment with huge implications for any Newquay spaceport, Virgin Orbit has successfully “drop-tested” the separation of its LauncherOne satellite rocket from the retired Boeing...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Development Company has so far spent £275,000 globe-trotting in its quest to sell the spaceport

By Graham Smith The Cornwall Development Company has so far spent more than £275,000 at overseas events, promoting the idea of a Newquay spaceport.  £160,000 has gone on “exhibition”...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s “surf tax” raising even less in revenue now than when it was introduced

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s controversial “surf tax” is raising even less revenue now than when it was introduced to several beaches in 2016, according to a Freedom of Information...

Cash boost for Penzance High Street

By Anne North Penzance is one step closer to securing government cash to improve the High Street.  But Camborne, St Austell and Newquay have lost out. Following a bid...

Don’t believe everything you read in the papers, warns Spaceport Cornwall, trying to dampen speculation about flights from Newquay to Australia in only 90 minutes

By Peter Tremayne Officials promoting the idea of a Newquay spaceport have been moved to correct a wave of wildly inaccurate media stories claiming that sub-orbital tourist flights would...

Taiwan diplomats tour North Cornwall

By Anne North The Taiwanese Representative – an important diplomatic figure for trade and economic relations – visited North Cornwall yesterday (Friday) for a two-day tour of Newquay, Padstow...

EXCLUSIVE – Four companies quit Cornwall’s Aerohub last year rather than pay business rates

By Graham Smith More than a third of businesses based at the Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone have quit the site because they were asked to pay rates. Four out...

Labour Party selects Felicity Owen as Parliamentary candidate in St Austell & Newquay

By Peter Tremayne The Labour Party has selected Felicity Owen as its Parliamentary candidate for the St Austell & Newquay constituency. Ms Owen, a former director of Public Health...

Masked man arrested in Newquay for threatening people with knife

By Peter Tremayne Police in Newquay have arrested a man wearing a "Friday 13th"-style mask and brandishing a meat cleaver, who chased people in the seaside resort. It happened...

Newquay trampoline park to open on 19th July

By Richard Whitehouse Newquay Trampoline Park, next to the town’s Waterworld, is set to open its doors on 19th July. The attraction is being built by GLL, the company...

Fly direct from Newquay to Copenhagen

By Julia Penhaligon Newquay airport has announced a new route to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. The summer-only service will launch later this month (21st June) and will continue until...

Full Environmental Impact Assessment before we build spaceport, pledges council leader

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Julian German has promised a full Environmental Impact Assessment before going ahead with the construction of a spaceport at Newquay. In a move...

Branson delays again – the first LauncherOne test will not now be before 31st August

By Graham Smith Richard Branson has again delayed the first test-launch of his Virgin Orbit satellite rocket. The project has been postponed dozens of times over the past two...

Climate campaigner criticises Cornwall Council over spaceport ambitions

By Richard Whitehouse Environmental campaigners have hit out at Cornwall Council for supporting Spaceport Cornwall saying it contradicts its work on climate change. The council announced that it was...

Richard Branson’s mission into space will be shared around the world

By Julia Penhaligon Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit today (Thursday) announced it has signed a deal to launch satellites into space from an airbase in Japan. It is the sixth...

Waiting for Branson: Cornwall’s taxpayers will be forced to gamble on spaceport

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall councillors seem certain to approve the spending of £12 million on the construction of the Newquay spaceport, despite last year’s promise from chief executive Kate...

Taxpayers to spend more than £20 million to build Newquay spaceport, contrary to last year’s promise of a “commercial” project

By Graham Smith Taxpayers are to spend more than £20 million developing the Newquay spaceport. Cornwall Council aims to contribute £12 million, with £7.85 million from the UK Space...

Planning Inspector rules against Cornwall Council and lifts holiday-only restrictions on 38 homes at Summercourt

By Graham Smith A planning inspector has granted permission for 38 new homes on land at a golf and country club which was destroyed by fire 18 months ago. ...

New long-stay car park opens at Newquay airport

By Julia Penhaligon A new long-stay car park has opened at Newquay airport, offering up to 50% discount if pre-booked. The 94-space car park is for passengers looking to...

While the UK space minister visits Newquay, an American billionaire puts 60 satellites into orbit

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane Space minister Chris Skidmore was in Cornwall this morning (Friday) to hear about plans for Spaceport Cornwall which he said was “an incredibly...

Cornwall to host international space conference – but the promise of thousands of jobs is still some way from being realised

By Graham Smith Cornwall is to host an international conference about the future of the space industry.  The event will be at the Goonhilly Earth Station in September. The...

Newquay spaceport invited to bid for part of new £2 million UK-wide fund for further development

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s proposed spaceport at Newquay is being invited to bid for a share of a £2 million government fund to help develop horizontal spaceflight. The fund...

Newquay-London passenger numbers increase after switch from Gatwick to Heathrow

By Julia Penhaligon The switch from Gatwick to Heathrow airports appears to have contributed to a 4% growth in passenger numbers flying from Newquay to London. Newquay airport says...

Cornwall’s GPs encouraged to refer youngsters with mental health issues to Newquay surf charity

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Doctors in Cornwall are being encouraged to send youngsters with anxiety and self-esteem issues for surf-therapy, as a way of supporting conventional mental health treatments. The...

Newquay bar accuses police of “misinformation” after licensing extension refused

By Richard Whitehouse A Newquay bar which was denied permission to extend its opening hours has accused the police of spreading “misinformation” over drugs being sold in the venue....

An unreliable boyfriend? Branson delays again, but signs up another airstrip

By Graham Smith The first test flight of Richard Branson’s satellite launcher has again been delayed.  The pioneering air-launched system is the foundation of Cornwall Council’s ambition to build...

Branson delays again – until 29th May – suggesting problems in California

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has announced a long delay to the first powered flight of his LauncherOne satellite rocket, only days after the previous postponement. The billionaire’s bid...

Branson’s rocket now not going anywhere until 30th April, at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has again postponed the first powered test flight of his LauncherOne satellite rocket, with implications for any spaceport at Newquay. The latest rescheduling follows...

Newquay to Heathrow route takes off

By Graham Smith Flights have resumed between Newquay and London’s Heathrow airport – for the first time in a quarter of a century.  Passengers had been able to fly...

Pause, Repeat: Virgin Orbit again delays first test flight of satellite rocket

By Peter Tremayne The first powered test flight of the rocket propulsion system on which every aspect of a Newquay spaceport depends has again been postponed. Virgin Orbit had...

A Newquay spaceport? We’re waiting for Branson, councillors told

By Peter Tremayne The first powered test flight of Richard Branson’s LauncerOne satellite rocket might not be until May, Cornwall councillors were told this morning (Friday.) Miles Carden, project...

Space minister to visit Newquay

By Julia Penhaligon Space minister Chris Skidmore is to visit Cornwall next month, for an update on plans to develop a spaceport at Newquay. Mr Skidmore made the announcement...

Newquay taxi drivers want police protection after threats from passengers

By Richard Whitehouse Taxi drivers in Newquay say they are coming under increasing abuse from customers, with some being threatened with knives. Now the cabbies have called for a...

Summercourt homes approved – on condition that they are for holidaymakers only

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to build 38 new homes and a leisure centre at a holiday park have been approved but they can only be used as holiday homes....

Branson delays again – Newquay spaceport can only watch, and wait

By Anne North It is becoming routine: every fortnight, Richard Branson delays the first test flight of his Virgin Orbit satellite rocket. Virgin Orbit has now been talking about its...

Labour countdown to St Austell & Newquay selection

By Anne North Labour Party hopefuls who fancy challenging St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double at the next general election have only a few more days to throw...

On yer bike! Cornwall’s cyclists get £17 million to help pedal off the A30, west of Truro

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s cyclists are to benefit from a £17 million upgrade to cycle lanes along the A30, particularly to the west of Truro. Highways England has announced...

Branson delays again – now hopes for first test flight on 15th March

By Anne North The prospect of a Newquay spaceport took a further step backwards today (Wednesday) when Richard Branson again delayed the first test flight of his Virgin Orbit...

A Newquay Spaceport? UK Space Agency says horizontal-launch cash will be offered drekkly

By Peter Tremayne The UK Space Agency has said that it still sees “horizontal launch” satellite systems as relevant, and still plans to invest £2 million to help stimulate...

Will there ever be a Newquay spaceport? Virgin delays its first satellite rocket test, again (and again)

By Graham Smith The prospect of satellites ever being launched into orbit from Newquay took another step backwards today (Wednesday) when Virgin Orbit again delayed its first test launch....

Cornwall’s Tories get ready for a snap general election as one way out of Brexit chaos

By Julia Penhaligon A further sign that another snap general election could be called within weeks came on Friday night when one of Cornwall’s Conservative Associations re-adopted its sitting...

Virgin postpones again – no need to stay up late on Monday

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s first attempt to launch a satellite rocket has again been postponed, taking him perilously close to a deadline with his NASA contract.  The delay...

Newquay watches and waits: will Branson actually reach space today – or is space just getting closer?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Richard Branson might be able to claim, later today (Thursday), that he has delivered on his promise to put a Virgin craft into space – although...

Here is the full list of which parts of Cornwall recycle their waste and which areas don’t. There’s something funny going on in Newquay

25th November 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council has now published the full data set of which local wards are best at recycling waste – now also showing which...

Virgin confirms interest in buying Flybe

23rd November 2018 By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic has confirmed it is in talks to buy the troubled airline Flybe, which operates from Newquay airport. Flybe put...

Flybe to offer Newquay-Heathrow route from April

22nd November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Flights from Newquay airport to London are to switch from Gatwick to Heathrow airport next year. The change will cut journey time to...

EXCLUSIVE: “I’m in” says Branson, as Virgin puts cash on the table for Newquay Spaceport

21st November 2018 By Graham Smith The attempt to win more central and local government support for the development of a spaceport at Newquay is about to take a...

Branson’s rocket finally leaves the ground – but spaceflight is still some way off, and the clock is ticking

20th November 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit satellite system has finally left the ground, to the relief of council and business officials in Cornwall who hope...

Branson concedes defeat in the race to test launch his satellite rocket this year

31st October 2018 By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit project has been delayed again, with its first test flight not now expected until 1st January 2019.  Cornwall Council...

Flybe shares drop to just 19 pence after another profits warning

18th October 2018 By Anne North Flybe shares have dropped to only 19 pence after the airline issued a profits warning, with annual losses worsening to £22 million.  Earlier...

Buddy, can you spare £25 million? The Bloodhound supersonic car runs out of cash, less than a year after Newquay trial run

15th October 2018 By Anne North The company behind the Bloodhound supersonic car – which aims to hit speeds of 1,000mph – has gone into administration. Bloodhound Programme Ltd,...

Branson delays his satellite rocket, adding another two weeks of doubt to Newquay’s spaceport uncertainty

12th October 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson has postponed the first test launch of his Virgin Orbit satellite delivery rocket.  The air-launched system was due to have been...

20th February 2017

 

Cornwall Reports is currently examining the Cornwall Council Site Allocations Document, to be considered by the Planning Policy Advisory Committee today (Monday.)

The document identifies the following towns/areas as strategically important for growth: Penzance & Newlyn,  Hayle,  Camborne-Pool-Illogan-Redruth,  Helston, Falmouth and Penryn, Newquay, St Austell, Eco-communities (china clay areas)  Bodmin, Launceston and Saltash.

Here is a map, and the planning officer’s executive summary:

A Cornwall Site Allocations Document is being prepared that sets out strategic sites to deliver Cornwall’s economic and housing growth within some of Cornwall’s largest settlements. The Cornwall Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD), forms part of a suite of documents that sit under the banner of the Cornwall Local Plan; demonstrating how the growth targets within the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies document will be delivered within these settlements.

The development of the area based sections of the Allocations DPD has been progressed in close consultation with the relevant local Cornwall Council members and the Town and Parish Councils.

The document recently went through a period of public consultation, ending on the 16 November 2016.

Approximately 1300 representations were received and the main issues that were raised, together with officer responses, are set out in Appendix 2 (see ‘Supporting Information’ at the end of this report for the link to the document).

 

 

As a result of this consultation, together with the continued engagement with other bodies, various changes to the area based sections were made. Appendix 1 sets out the proposed publication version of the Cornwall Site Allocations DPD, with changes to the area based section highlighted using track changes.

This report is seeking endorsement of this publication version of the Cornwall Site Allocations DPD; which would result in undertaking a further period of public consultation. Subject to no significant changes being required as a result of this consultation, the Service Director of Planning & Sustainable Development, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning, would then submit the Cornwall Site Allocations DPD to the Secretary for State, which would then lead to an Examination in Public.