Local plan and the case of the duel standards ?
Some news, makes you think, whether our council is all hogwash and duel standards. Now I may be mistaken but what was the most compelling reason for the Tories, pushing through consent for the hideous development of the new Westwood housing estate? Good taste, a pressing need for more traffic congestion, just so that profiteering developers, could turn the sweet smell of cauliflowers, into the even more coveted whiff of money. It was none of those, no, they had to agree, despite universal condemnation of joe public because the little known local plan, suggested that housing was required.
I personally don't think Thanet needs to plough up vast acres of farm land to satisfy developers, however it seems that the planning authorities are nothing if not inconsistent. Case in point Thanet councils odd decision to refuse a planning application for 100 houses at Minster, in this case they have refused because of a lack of information from the developer. Well as far a I know details are not entirely clear as what's happening with Westwood, for instance they may or may not build a school or provide retail space etc.
It will be interesting to see how our friends from Reading are treated with there application for a another housing estate at the Dreamland site, I expect our planning functionaries to bend over.
Roger Latchford is quoted thus “Our planning officers look very carefully at every application that the Council receives before making a decision. As this shows, if they do not feel that adequate information has been provided by the applicant, then they will refuse it. The problem here was not the proposed use of the site, as it has already been designated for housing in the Local Plan, but the layout proposed and the lack of information and justification provided with this application.”
I think we had some pretty vague information as to the final number of houses being built at Westwood, concerns as far as the local water supply and quite inadequate transport so this is the question, what's different about Minster? This is one for Roger Latchford.