Did Crichel Down Rules led to Rutland Scrapping its Local Plan and Turning Away HIF Funding?

Planning

Officers advise Midlands council to withdraw local plan after it refused £29.4m infrastructure funding

IN march this year the Council refused to accept the HIF funding necessary to make the St Georges Barracks scheme viable and the local plan sound. After a meeting closed to press and the public. All that was said aftwrwards that it was too risky for RCC to be the accountable body

Why should it do such a seemingly dumb thing? An FOI request from St Georges the developer shows why.

Question

Can you advise the legal advice on the applicability of the Crichel Down rules for disposal of Government Land obtained under Compulsory Purchase provided to the CEO of RCC regarding the proposed development of St Georges Barracks

Response

Rutland County Council has not received any legal advice on the applicability of the Crichel Down rules for disposal of Government Land obtained under Compulsory Purchase regarding the proposed development of St Georges Barracks.
Please be advised that for information regarding Crichel Down rules, please contact the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

However the Crichel Down rules may apply. Whatever the reason the minnows of Rutland seemed unable to bear any risk on 29.4 million. Which shows the idea of tiny districts locally leading and being accountable for massive developments in a non starter. Developments have to be backed by Homes England or the government including the government setting up ‘accountable bodies’ where necessary.

Also as the DCHLG select committee has suggested the Crichel Down rules are archaic and are holding back massive sites on former military brownfield sites. Even so mystery remains, does not the risk on Crichel Down rest with the owner the DIO?

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