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Ryedale Plan agreed – eventually
12:53pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
SIX years after work began on producing a new planning strategy for the Ryedale over the next 14 years, it has been given the green light.
Councillors gave the Ryedale Plan the final go-ahead last Thursday night after a long, and at times, heated debate.
Repeated amendments debated by councillors resulted in major differences of opinion.
A key element of the plan is to encourage new development and to manage future growth. It will help support plans for new homes, jobs and shops up to 2027 and also provides a strategic framework to help local communities with their Neighbourhood Plans.
Coun Paul Andrews (Ind) said: “It is a bad plan and should be thrown out. It is a plan which allows [land-owning] estates to build where no one else will be allowed to.”
He claimed it had been “bulldozed through” and believed the plan should go out for further public consultation.
Coun Andrews said the council had had no opportunity to debate the livestock market report.
“Members need more time to consider this document. It will be a millstone round your necks,” he added.
Coun Sarah Ward (Lib) said: “This is not a sound plan – it needs amending. We want a plan in which we have confidence.”
The council’s solicitor, Anthony Winship, said: “It has taken more than six years and enormous expense to produce this plan. If you want to change it you will have to start again at enormous expense to the council taxpayers.”
Council leader Coun Linda Cowling (Con), said: “Any delay in adopting this plan will be disastrous for council taxpayers and the planning policies of this council.”
She said: “The plan will give the council a clear picture of what we can and cannot do, especially in terms of future developments. It points the way forward to ensuring that communities are balanced and sustainable.”
Coun John Windress (Con), vice- chairman of the planning committee, said: “The new plan will bring more certainty to the planning process. “ He added that without it, Ryedale would have planning policies decided at appeal, at the expense of taxpayers.
Deputy council leader, Coun Caroline Goodrick (Con) said: “For God’s sake support the plan. If we put it off now it will be another six years in the production. If we have a plan in place it can be changed in the future. At present we have nothing to work with.”
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