Monday 21st of January 2019
The Steering Group had a wide-ranging and robust discussion last week, when the following was agreed:
1. Because we remain confident in our ability to dismantle SCDC’s evidence base at the Inspector’s Hearing in June, we will continue to work closely with our professional advisers to ensure the strongest possible case for submission to the Inspector.
2. At the same time, we will ask our planning consultancy to develop an alternative proposal determining (i) the true need for any further employment land and, following on from that, (ii) the overall number / types of new dwellings needed throughout the SCDC constituency
3. As a supplementary strategy, we will also support the election of our own independent District Councillor candidates at the election to be held on 2nd May, 2019. Except that we will not wish to challenge the candidates from any political party if they are prepared (i) to commit to acting in accordance with our published Core Values; and (ii) to vote for the temporary withdrawal of the Plan from the Inspector, following the May election. It follows the Plan would be re-presented to the Inspector once updated evidence becomes available from our own planning consultancy (point 2 above)