In­spec­tor crit­i­cal of plan­ning doc­u­ment

In six-page let­ter to coun­cil he calls it ‘un­sound’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

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.­dler. ashx?id=5986&p=0..


Jan Macdon­ald mak­ing jew­ellery; (be­low) Char­lotte East­mond four, en­joy­ing the day

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