On Friday 26 Sept the Inspector announced that he intends to defer the hearings sessions that were due to take place during the weeks of 7, 21 and 28 October 2014 (hearing weeks 4-6). Matters 14 and 15 are to be adjourned to give the Inspector time to review the large amount of information submitted by Developers.
The examination is planned to recommence at the end of November and CE hopes to have the enquiry completed by Christmas.
From the developers submissions it appears that they are committing a lot of resources to try and undermine CE’s Local Plan. Could it be they have ulterior motives to try and capitalise on the NPPF’s ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ and ‘grab’ as much land as possible for housing to increase their profits – despite whether it may be surplus to current requirements?
We do need more housing, but at locations assessed by our democratically elected council as being the most suitable sites, and not those assessed by developers as being the most profitable. Developers can still make a healthy profit by working with the Council and delivering the housing on the sites assessed as being suitable.