Boles Telling One thing to HBF and Pins, and Another to Reigate MP and Cllrs

So Mr Boles if government policy has not changed, as said in Pitt Letter 2 and at the HBF conference how can Christopher Blunt MP say the following?

Planning Resource

Meanwhile, Reigate MP Crispin Blunt, who has lobbied hard against the council’s green belt release in its local plan, yesterday revealed that he had had a “constructive meeting” with Boles at Westminster. Also present, according to Blunt, was England’s chief planner Steve Quartermain, and the chair of Reigate Council’s planning committee Mark Brunt.

In a statement, Blunt said: “The meeting with Nick Boles was extremely constructive, and I am now optimistic that green fields in the green belt, the so-called urban extensions, will not be made available for development.

“Following today’s meeting, I am confident these additional measures can be secured. I am pleased that I could link-up Mark and Nick for this discussion to take place, and it is now for councillors to progress.”

Either Government Policy has not changed, and R&B, BANES, York, Coventry etc. etc. exminations stand, or it does not and they stand in tatters.

The first tests will be in the coming weeks at the Ashfield and Bury EIPS.

Idf I was an inspector I would be writing to Anchorman asking

Can I recommend a strategic Green Belt Review if the LPA doesnt want one and does not meet OA need.

If I was the HBF I would be writing asking how, given the government defense at the recent Thundersely JR was that the NPPF provided ‘clear incentives’ to carry out plan/Green belt reviews what those incentives are now, even what incentives there are for Green Belt authorities to do local plans at all, if inspectors cannot recommend Green Belt reviews.

If I was the CPRE I would also be writing asking for the R&Bs, BANES etc.  what recourse is available to them if they would have preferred to keep Green Belt boundaries as they were were it not for inspectors recommendations.

It will only take a few weeks to unravel, Boles is either lying to either Crispin Bluent, or he is lying to the HBF.  The gambit of lying your way out of Green Belt travails wont last until the General Election.

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Posted on March 19, 2014, in urban planning. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Got a briefing from our head of planning policy here in Bradford. I must admit to being as confused as everyone else – he essentially says nothing has changed but Inspectors need to be more polite (or words to that affect) and that we’ll proceed with doing allocations and then reviewing the green belt tactically where we need to.

    Still they’ll have sorted it out by the time our Core Strategy gets to an inspector?

  2. Anchorman! Love it.

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