In brief, it appeared the Castle Point Local Plan Council meeting to formally adopt the document for Final Consultation turned into a Farce.
Immediately an amendment was registered by Cllr Stanley, seconded by Cllr Smith.
After unconvincing explanations by the SS, this amendment was “trumped” with a further, further amendment by Cllr Dick driving further backwards the current status of the Local Plans housing distribution.
The fact that Cllr Skipp, a Cabinet member, seconded Cllr Dick’s amendment indicates the level of discontent.
It appeared a managed defeat, as officers would not be able to allow the Local Plan to collapse at this stage. Remember Jotmans Enquiry is with the Secretary of State!
The planned re-visit to the Strategic Housing Availability Assessment suggests a re-interpretation of the Local Plan evidence base.
A further meeting, allowing work to go on in the meantime, is planned for late January.
As was said previously by an infamous Leader; “Watch this Space!”