Following on from the letter for the Secretary of State (below) SCDC have published a statement on their website which says that they plan to adopt the new core strategy as an “Interim Planning Policy ” to enable the large number of routine planning applications to proceed in a well structured way.
They also have said that, as it is currently unclear how the major housing issues should be treated in the light of the Secretary of State’s letter, and their previous commitment to review the core strategy if government policy changed, they have decided that it would not be helpful or useful to proceed now with even the consultation phase of the ‘Submission’ process. (The process requires that District Councils carry out a final round of consultation about the soundness of the process used to arrive at the Core Strategy before it is submitted to the SoS).
Also we believe that the possible date for the Development Control Committee to consider the BT planning application has been further delayed – the last we heard is that has been put back until at least September. All this seems to be very significant – other Councils around the country seem to be taking similar steps, and indeed Forest Heath Council has just rejected an application for 1200 houses in Newmarket – See the Evening Star.