CPRE Kent and others have raised deep concerns regarding the lack of consultation undertaken by Swale Borough Council on its Local Plan.
We therefore welcome the recommendation to councillors to extend the current consultation until Friday, April 30. This is to be considered by all council members tomorrow evening (Wednesday, February 24).
However, as it stands, there is no formal requirement for the outcome of the consultation to be reported to councillors prior to the Plan being submitted for independent examination.
This is why we have today written to Swale councillors urging they consider the consultation responses before making a final decision that the Plan is ready for formal submission.
In the report to members accompanying tomorrow evening’s recommendation, Swale describes itself as a listening council.
This simple positive step is the least that they can do to demonstrate this.
- For more on the Swale Local Plan, see here
Tuesday, February 23, 2021