South Lakeland District Council is under fire as homes row grows
Last updated at 17:07, Friday, 01 February 2013
HEAVILY-criticised plans that could see thousands of homes built across the South Lakes would be rejected in their current form, council chiefs have said.
South Lakeland District Council’s Land Allocations development plan document has suffered numerous hold-ups and a public hearing into its soundness has been postponed.
Earlier this week, council bosses agreed to rush through plans to hire an external consultant, after acknowledging the plans do not currently meet new national planning standards.
They are now coming under fire for failing to address the problem sooner, forcing them to spend taxpayer money on a new viability study.
Grange councillor Tom Harvey questioned whether the council could have avoided spending £27,000 on this latest study.
He added: “Essentially SLDC are now em-ploying external consultants to try and justify the plan.
“They have had plenty of time earlier to decide to bring in consultants and make such a decision in public – at a council meeting – but instead have slipped this through under the radar under the guise of it being an urgent decision.”
A spokesman for SLDC said a competitive procurement exercise had been undertaken for the contract to ensure value for money.
He added that the measures were classed as urgent to ensure the study is completed before the public hearing resumes in May.
The council report claims its own development plans team “does not have the expertise to carry out this work in-house”.
It adds: “Commissioning of the consultant to undertake this vitally important area of work is the most cost-effective and most robust means of ensuring the timely updating and widening of viability evidence.”
The report also claims the new planning policy, which requires a plan-wide viability study, was not published when its own study was carried out in 2009.
SLDC submitted its plans last summer, after the National Planning Policy Framework was published, in March.
A few weeks later the Harman guidance, which advises local authorities to help them make sure their housing plans are viable and deliverable, was published in June 2012.
First published at 16:21, Thursday, 31 January 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
- Updated: Man's body found on Barrow beach
- Rescuers come to the aid of injured woman in Lake District
- Mountain rescue team attend to fell walker with head injury in Lakes
- Bottles of spirits stolen from Ulverston Food Festival stall
- UPDATE: Missing wild camper in Cumbria found safe and well
- Dog found on Cumbria mountain returns home
- Man, 66, dies after Cumbria crash
- Food lovers line the streets for Ulverston festival
- Your guide to Kidfest in Barrow - Britain's biggest children’s music festival
- Delight for Swarthmoor singer as Misstasia make live shows of Britain's Got Talent
- Adopted Cumbrian Ben blasts fastest Test ton at Lord's
- Grand National winner plots Cartmel success
- Record prize money on offer for Cartmel in 2015
- Raiders ace Wiper desperate for return
- Added sparkle for Cartmel ladies race
- Capital result and good time for bonding
- Max Wiper desperate for Barrow Raiders return
- Walney Cents win Barton Townley Cup thriller (1 comment)
- Hambley set for Barrow Raiders debut
- England Under-17s call-up for Barrow football ace
- Super South Cumbria holiday weekend for live music
- Countdown to December
- Price tag of £800 for the perfect pint
- Golden era of the variety acts gets return to stage
- WEDDING ALBUM: Michelle Fredericks and Matthew Wilson
- Rail station mix-up brought firm to town
- Church pulls in drinkers
- FOOD REVIEW: The Wheatsheaf Inn, Brigsteer (1 comment)
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Slovenia
- An invite to party like its 1945
Visit our websites for...
F. Dickinson footwear
Homes and gardens 22
To save our contact details direct to your smartphone simply scan this QR code
|Evening Mail Going Out|