Fears Over Unplanned Developments In Dorset
8:18am 24th January 2014
There are fears unplanned developments could be approved for Dorset at a national level without the support of local councils.
That's the concern of Weymouth and Portland and West Dorset's Director of Environment David Evans.
They're now waiting to hear back from the Government Planning Inspector who has called the local authorities to account over their draft local plan.
Mr Evans says delaying them setting out their own vision for housing in the county, could lead to planning decisions being made by appeal.
"We welcomed the opportunity to explain our position to the Government inspector and wait for his view of the next steps in development of the joint local plan for West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.
"We believe that we have satisfied all the legal requirements for the plan to go to public examination with a view to being officially adopted by the councils in due course.
"The danger now is that the local plan is un-necessarily held-up or suspended and this would lead not only to delay in delivering growth in the area but opens up the possibility of 'planning by appeal'.
"This potentially leads to unplanned, ad-hoc and damaging development being approved at a national level without support of the council or local communities.
"We have followed the process properly while also consulting widely and respecting local views and changing the plan where appropriate."