North Devon Council leader demands answers from planning minister
12:35 13 March 2014
Cllr Brian Greenslade writes back to Nick Boles following planning concerns response
NORTH Devon Council leader Brian Greenslade has asked planning minister Nick Boles for more clarity over a ‘disgraceful’ response to planning concerns.
Cllr Greenslade claimed Mr Boles had avoided the main points put forward in a face-to face meeting and a letter from the district council in February.
Last month, a group of North Devon councillors and local MP Nick Harvey met with Mr Boles to raise concerns about planning restrictions being imposed on the local authority by central government.
On the same day, the councillors also handed a letter to Number 10 Downing Street.
The council was then forwarded a brief response from Mr Boles, which was labelled ‘disgraceful’ by Cllr Greenslade at last month’s full council meeting.
“We were all bitterly disappointed with the short response from the Planning Minister, who avoided all of our main points, despite making positive comments to our councillors at the time of the meeting,” said Cllr Greenslade.
“The truth of the matter is that government policy is restricting councillors from exercising local democracy in determining development proposals. So we want a straight answer as to how the Minister intends to address this.”
The council leader’s letter asks the Minister to respond to a number of questions, which cover topics such as the five year land supply and the possible blocking of New Homes Bonus grants for smaller rural developments.