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Monday, 11 September 2023 09:59

Extraordinary Council Meeting, Thursday, 14th September - Plea for Your Support

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The Extraordinary Council Meeting on 6th June saw the Council resolve "to formally request the Planning Inspector to pause the Examination Hearings into the Local Plan for a period of three (3) months to allow time for the new council to understand and review the policies and implications of the Local Plan and, after the three month pause, the Council will decide what actions may be necessary before the Local Plan examination may proceed.”

It seemed obvious at the time and, subsequently with the discovery of irrefutable evidence, that the ultimate intention by a cohort of disaffected councillors is to scrap the Local Plan altogether; and that the resolution to 'pause' the Examination Hearings was no more than a device to add a veneer of respectability to achieving their ultimate goal.
It should be remembered that, before the local elections in May, the progress of the LP through to the public Examination Hearings had been approved by Council. Should these dissident councillors get their way it would put the Council back by years and, in the absence of an LP, leave the Borough open to predatory developers who have in the past successfully appealed development approvals where existing plans are deemed to be out of date (as is the case in this Borough). Though by no means perfect (subject as the plan is to government fiat), the eventual adoption of the LP is the only protection we have against the prospect of a developer free-for-all.
A highly vocal minority, principally from Staines, intend to pack the public gallery in support of the motion by an ersatz partisan grouping to ditch the plan completely. Your presence is needed to lend support to those councillors who justifiably wish to put an end to this nonsense.
Please attend by 6.45 pm. The relevant agenda item may be viewed by clicking here


  • Comment Link John Hirsh Saturday, 16 September 2023 15:33 posted by John Hirsh

    Christine, the Minister of State stepped in to prevent the local plan from being scrapped. A further pause in the plan's progress got the vote. Full details will be up on the website shortly. Ed.

  • Comment Link Christine Corner Friday, 15 September 2023 15:28 posted by Christine Corner

    What happened at the meeting?

  • Comment Link CLLR Karen Howkins Tuesday, 12 September 2023 15:32 posted by CLLR Karen Howkins

    Please come along and support, your ,councillors. Your attendance could make the difference, and none of us wants the Local Plan scrapped and building on Kempton Park / Straton Rd / The Running Horse etc.
    We want the Green Belt to remain so.
    Thank you

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