East Leake Parish Council ‘furious’ with Borough Council after refused plans for housing are overturned

East Leake Parish Council has criticised Rushcliffe Borough Council for what it says is ‘…its failure to provide the five year housing land supply required by the government.’

The statement from East Leake Parish Council comes after previously refused planning permission to build 235 homes in the area was overturned by the Planning Inspector.

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It reads:

‘Rushcliffe has not allocated sites at the urban edge of Nottingham that can be progressed in the required timescale, so policies for supply of housing in their Local Plan are considered “out of date ”.

‘East Leake’s Neighbourhood Plan, only adopted 2 years ago, is part of the local plan and so its housing policies are also deemed to be out of date.

‘The Borough Council initially refused planning permission for 235 houses on a site off Rempstone Road in East Leake, but this decision was overturned at appeal by a Planning Inspector on 20th November and the fields can be dug up so that building work can go ahead.

‘The Inspector remarked that Rushcliffe “did not update its housing land supply position for the appeal and there is, therefore, no firm evidence before me of any progress in relation to the housing land supply since the last appeal. Nor is it demonstrated how the trajectory set out in Policy 3 will be achieved over the coming years”. He also criticized a recently published report produced by Rushcliffe which assesses the impact on the landscape of building on various potential sites, finding the evidence supplied by the developer more reliable.’

Chairman of the Parish Council, Conrad Oatey, is furious with Rushcliffe’s planning department , saying , “Rushcliffe are hanging East Leake out to dry with their incompetence. The inspector has highlighted several failures to produce adequate evidence for the appeal. Rushcliffe are dithering endlessly about part 2 of their Local Plan, which can only be described as ‘Too Little, Too Late’.

Who is being held to account there for all this ineptitude? The effect on our village is devastating.“

The Parish Council believes that Nottinghamshire County Council has also failed East Leake, by not having a plan for primary school places and not preparing data properly for the appeal hearing. The inspector commented that NCC as the Local Education Authority had not formally investigated whether further capacity could be made available to accommodate the Rempstone Road site, and said “under these circumstances, it cannot be said that the schools are unable to accommodate the proposal; there is simply no evidence before me to draw such a conclusion.”

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The agreement about primary school places for the site is worded so that money paid by developers could be used to expand schools outside the village, and to pay for transport to take East Leake children to schools elsewhere. Parish Councillors are horrified by this prospect. Carys Thomas, Chair of East Leake’s Planning Committee commented, “How dare they. We are a community, an d all our children need to be schooled here with their friends. They need to have the opportunity to walk to school. Infants as young as four could be making long journeys every day . Who is going to buy all these new houses once they find that out ? And what about the people who live furthest from the schools or have just moved into the village ? Their children could be the ones on the buses. ”

Rushcliffe Borough Council said:

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Planning Cllr Roger Upton said: “Naturally we are disappointed at the Planning Inspector’s decision and we feel it has, on this occasion, taken a narrow view of our development plan.
“The Council’s planning officers turned the application down in line with the community’s wishes, our Local Plan, East Leake borough councillors’ wishes and the East Leake Neighbourhood Plan.
“We’re not unique in this situation, many councils are not able to identify a five year housing supply hence why the government are looking at ways to solve this complex problem.
“The suggestion our planning team is in anyway incompetent is simply not the case, we are reliant on cooperation from and work with land owners and developers.

 

“Contrary to the Inspector’s suggestion, we are currently ahead of our trajectory for the number of homes to be delivered as set out in the Local Plan.
“As of April this year we had 4,151 properties with permission not built or completed and allocations of 10,520 dwellings, a number of which have been built.
“Significant attempts are being made to address the issue of supply, both by bringing forward the strategic sites across the borough and through the identification of additional sites in places like Radcliffe, Ruddington and Keyworth.”

2 Comments

  1. As always east leake is used to build more houses without the extra facilities needed. We all feel as though being on the outskirts of Nottingham we are forgotten until it comes to new houses. Schools, shops, car parks, play areas. doctors and no manned police station. The drains and sewers struggle to cope already, flooding regularly. The roads are in an atrocious state. All these should be taken in to consideration before building houses.

  2. Inadequate roads, health centre, schools, sewer works, small village infrastructure, and now the planning permission granted for more over development, potentially 200 plus more cars, well done for actually taking the time to actually look at the impact this will have in this village, disgusted with Rushcliffe Borough Council, you work with land owners and developers, what about the impact on village people? Obviously we don’t count!!!

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