Following yesterday's announcement by Local Government Secretary of State Sajid Javid that the Government is preparing to take over the process of writing York's Local Plan, Leader of the Labour Group Councillor Janet Looker said:
“We predicted something like this would happen. During the Local Plan consultation period we outlined six specific failings of the Coalition's proposals that put the Plan risk of being rejected. So it's of little surprise to see the Government threaten the Coalition on their failure to submit a plausible Local Plan.
“ ‘By failing to plan they have failed the people they are meant to serve’ says the Secretary of State. He is absolutely right. The Lib Dems and Tories have abdicated their responsibility to the people of York. This was avoidable. Had they left the two barracks sites alone and joined Labour in fighting the closures, York’s Local Plan could have been submitted by now.
“York needs a Local Plan written by local Councillors, not by bureaucrats in Bristol. And we need a plan with enough homes, including genuinely affordable and social homes, so it actually has some chance of passing inspection. We only hope that the Tories and Liberal Democrats respond to yesterday's warning and produce a viable Local Plan before the deadline.”