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Canterbury City Council
gaffe delays decision on draft Local Plan

A decision on whether a
document earmarking almost 16,000 new homes in the Canterbury district can be
put out to consultation has been delayed – because of an administrative error. The
document proposes 15,600 new homes on sites in Canterbury, Herne Bay and
Whitstable before 2031.

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Canterbury City Council
was today forced to admit it did not advertise the fact its executive committee
would be deciding on Monday whether to approve the draft Local Plan for public
consultation. When making key decisions, councils are required to give a
minimum five days’ public notice – something CCC overlooked
in this case.

It means the decision
will now not be heard until the end of the month, sparking criticism of the
council’s handling of the process. Opposition leader Alex Perkins (Lib Dem)
said:

“Let’s just hope there is
no one waiting in a brewery hoping to enjoy a party in the next few
days.” 

City council leader John
Gilbey
(Con) admits the delay is frustrating, but claims there was no need to
publicise the upcoming decision
. He said:

“I don’t think this is a
key decision because it’s consultation – it’s not that we’re deciding to do
this. We’re putting it out there for the public to look at and have their say. If
there’s any doubt then we will take the safe route and wait a week. I’m not
happy about losing the time but I’m not prepared to take any chances.”

kentonline 17th May 2013

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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