Two of North Warwickshire’s County Councillors have criticised what they call the ‘irresponsible’ Conservative Leadership at NorthWarwickshire Borough Council for putting the Borough at risk of becoming a ‘concrete jungle.’
A recent planning appeal saw the council’s decision to refuse a planning application in Ansley Village overturned by the Government’s Planning Inspector because the council could not demonstrate that it had a ‘5-year, deliverable land supply’.
Councillor Dave Parsons said, “This is terrible news for Polesworth and Dordon residents. Labour left office in 2015 with a plan to deliver just over 3000 homes across the whole Borough in the next 15 years. They also had well over the required 5-year land supply to deliver this. In just 18 months, this incompetent Conservative Council has offered to build even more houses, increased the number of new homes to over 9000 and reduced our land supply to less than 5 years. This means that from now on we effectively have planning by appeal. This is a developer’s dream.”
County Councillor Pete Morson said, “The decision by the Government’s Planning Inspector makes me fearful for the future. The whole of North Warwickshire is now open for developers to build on; nowhere is safe under current Government planning laws. The Council will be limited in its use of local planning policy to refuse applications and if it does, the developer will likely win on appeal.”
Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said, “These two experienced County Councillors are right. We’re heading for a planning crisis in North Warwickshire and it’s a crisis made by the Conservative Party. Our MP is voting in Parliament to make it easier for developers to build and the local Conservative Leadership at the Council is showing its inexperience.”