William Eichler 05 February 2019

Brokenshire to intervene over ‘lamentable’ failures to publish local plans

The secretary state for communities has written to Wirral and Thanet councils warning them that Whitehall intended to intervene over their failure to put local plans in place.

Under the 2004 Act Local Plan, the 338 local planning authorities in England are required to publish local plans that detail development strategies for their areas.

The Government confirmed in November 2017 that 15 councils had failed to put a local plan in place. Whitehall intervened in Wirral, Thanet and Castle Point the following March.

Secretary of state for communities James Brokenshire wrote to Wirral again at the end of January due to the council’s ‘failure over many years to get a local plan in place’.

The last plan Wirral council published was in 2000, covering the period up to March 2001.

Mr Brokenshire acknowledged that the council did not have higher than average housing pressure. However, he described the council’s performance on this issue as ‘lamentable’.

‘In my judgement taking over the preparation of the local plan offers the best prospect of the plan-making process being accelerated and of ensuring that an up-to-date local plan is put in place as soon as possible,’ he wrote.

Thanet council last adopted a local plan in 2006 and this covered a period up to 2011.

Unlike in Wirral, there are higher than average housing pressures in Thanet. It is within the top third of districts in England for high housing pressure.

In his letter to the council, Mr Brokenshire wrote that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government would not take over preparation of the local plan.

However, the department still planned to intervene.

‘The intervention I have decided upon will provide more certainty and is the best way of ensuring that a Local Plan will be produced in accordance with the Local Development Scheme timetable,’ he wrote.

Regenerating public realm for climate change image

Regenerating public realm for climate change

The regeneration of White Hart Lane in Tottenham, London has shown has permeable paving and street trees should can help address climate change while delivering SuDS. Chris Hodson reports.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker (Safeguarding)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£30,984 - £35,336
The safeguarding team have an excellent opportunity for an experienced qualified Social Worker. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Housing Officer

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
We currently have an opportunity for a Housing Officer. Wandsworth, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

OD Lead – Employee Experience and ED&I

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£36,853 to £47,784
At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we are serious about tackling inequalities. Wandsworth, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Integrated Service Manager

Lancashire County Council
An exciting opportunity has arisen in Children and Family Wellbeing Service for the appointment of a Permanent Integrated Service Manager. Accrington, Lancashire
Recuriter: Lancashire County Council

Care Assistant - Westminster Homecare

Essex County Council
Up to £23088 per annum
Care Assistant - Westminster HomecarePermanent, Full Time£12.00Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.