In a jointly signed letter dated 24 March 2018, the Parish Council and Community Association have put forward a strong case for the Green Belt land between Burtons Lane and Lodge Lane to be excluded from the draft Local Plan.
The letter, addressed to all members of the cabinets of both councils, sets out the serious weaknesses in the evidence they have so far presented to justify building on the site. Those weaknesses show that the land should never have been brought forward as a preferred option, and that to pursue the option could put the whole emerging local plan at risk of being found unsound. A local plan must be found sound by a Planning Inspector, if the government is to approve its adoption.
The reasons and arguments put forward are necessarily detailed and sometimes technical, but the first page sets out why the letter has been submitted and this is followed by a short summary of our arguments. You are encouraged to read at least the first two pages of the letter. The detailed arguments are available for those who wish to have a deeper understanding.
The letter is not a response to a formal consultation; the next such consultation will take place only after publication of the draft plan this summer. Supporting letters from the community are not recommended at this stage, but if you wish to send feedback to the Coordination Group, please use firstname.lastname@example.org as the email address.