Last night full council at Castle Point voted against the main modifications required by the inspector to make the plan sound. of course they have been silly b$$gers many times before and only voted to submit when there chief executive wrote a report telling the councilors they were failures – which they are.
If enquiries are supposed to be truly independent remove the opportunity to do the following three things in local plan regs
- Allow inspectors to publish main mods
- Remove opportunity to withdraw plans once examinations begin
- Make adoption automatic after being found sound (the full council resolution at this stage is a joke as cllrs have no choice)
Finally give inspectors the power to close inquiries where they are going nowhere – rather than the years long perma-inquiry.