Secretary Of State For Local Government Unhappy With Mansfield District Council
Sajid Javid the Secretary of State for local government said that Mansfield District Council are one of 15 authorities who aren’t meeting their requirements in terms of getting a local plan in place for housing and development. He has also said he is now at the end of his patience and is going to intervene to ensure local plans are written.
The town’s MP Ben Bradley says a longer term plan needs to be in place to control the kind of housing that’s being built.
In response to Mr. Javid, Mansfield District Council have released this statement:
Hayley Barsby, Interim Chief Executive at Mansfield District Council, said: “We are disappointed to have been named as one of the 15 local authorities.
“We are confident that while we don’t have an up-to-date Local Plan that this hasn’t affected development in the district.
“Mansfield District Council is committed to bringing forward house building – this is demonstrated by the council supporting the Berry Hill development (formerly known as the Lindhurst development) which will create 1,700 new houses for the district.
“Of the 9,024 new homes we need to provide by 2033, planning permission already exists for 4,147.
“Over the past 12 months we have worked hard to bring forward the Local Plan and during this time we have been mindful to undertake feasibility and consultation to ensure it reflects not only the needs of the district but also the views of our communities.
Following an initial consultation in early 2016 on the draft Local Plan, we received 1,477 comments which were then reviewed to ensure the plan is fit for purpose up to 2033.
The council reviewed its position and prepared a new vision and objectives. These have been used to create alternative options for the delivery of sustainable housing and employment to meet future requirements.
A Preferred Options consultation took place in October and November 2017, which included drop-in sessions across the district.
“Based on this we will be communicating with the Government by the end of January 2018 to assure them that Mansfield District Council is very much on the way to delivering the Local Plan by summer 2018.”
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