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Secretary of State threatens to pass South Oxfordshire Local Plan to County Council

Thursday, 09 January 2020 11:32

Secretary of State threatens to pass South Oxfordshire Local Plan to County Council

CPRE Oxfordshire believes that putting the County in charge would be a gross act of democratic injustice.

South Oxfordshire District Council is right to resist the Growth Board’s grossly disproportionate Growth Strategy involving excessive development across the County, which the other Councils have gone along with for the money on offer from the Government and against the best interests of their own residents.

As we pointed out at the time of the Secretary of State’s original letter of 9 October 2019, we do not think he had a right to intervene on the grounds stated.  Now, after a four-month delay caused entirely by his own actions, he seems to be searching for multiple grounds on which to base his interference.

Meanwhile, CPRE Oxfordshire’s Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, asking to see the evidence on which the decision to issue the holding notice was made, has been refused.

With regards to the specifics of the latest letter:

Robert Jenrick letter January 2020

Robert Jenrick letter October 2019

CPRE Oxfordshire news story: Secretary of State halts South Oxfordshire District Council's potential withdrawal of its submitted Local Plan, October 2019

 

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