Inspector critical of planning document
In six-page letter to council he calls it ‘unsound’
A PLANNING document setting out how Chiltern will oversee the building of thousands of new homes has been put on hold after criticism from a government inspector.
The DDPD (Chiltern District Council’s Delivery Development Plan Document) was derided as ‘unsound’ by government planning inspector Patrick Whitehead.
The document needs to set out the strategy for building between 2,650 to 2,900 new homes by 2026, which works out at about 45 homes per year. But Mr Whitehead said it was unclear how the housing quota will be met.
His public examination of the document was due to take place last month, but will now be after May 12 next year. In a six-page letter to the council he gives his reasons for suspending the examination.
The Chesham Society committee member Roger Smith, who was at the inquiry, said: “The council probably didn’t explain things as clearly as he’d like and so he gave the council six months to go away and make it clearer. It’s more of a presentation issue than a factual one.”
In his letter, Mr Whitehead said: “I’ve concluded that there would be a need for a substantial amount of additional work to address these concerns, leading to my conclusion that it’s necessary to suspend the examination.
“This additional work would require some time and manpower and would be likely to lead to significant modifications to the plan to make it sound. I appreciate the council will be disappointed with my decision to suspend the examination, but, in my judgement, this is likely to be a more productive course of action than continuing in the face of significant deficiencies in the evidence base supporting the DDPD.”
Chiltern District Council’s cabinet consider the Inspector’s letter at its meeting in February, after which a public statement will be made.
To see the letter in full visit http://www.chiltern. gov.uk/CHttpHandler. ashx?id=5986&p=0..
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