Kris Wilson (Whitestone), Leader of the Opposition said: “Labour’s flawed Borough Plan has taken nearly a decade to produce. This has meant more sites have been developed before the plan, meaning they will not receive the schools, roads, doctors and other facilities our communities deserve.
“Throughout this process Labour have failed to listen to the views, concerns and suggestions of local residents, instead driving forward with their own flawed and divisive proposals. Now that the plan has been approved by the Inspector, the Conservatives have renewed our calls on Labour to review the plan, and the number of houses which the Government says does not need to be as high as Labour have set. This must be done immediately to heal the divisions in our communities which Labour have created.
“Just because the inspector has passed this as a technical exercise it doesn’t mean that where the sites have been allocated is acceptable on a moral or community grounds.
“A Conservative-led Council would have produced a Borough Plan in better time and in a manner which enhances our communities rather than ruin them. If Labour fails to bow to pressure from the Conservative group, a Conservative-led Council after the 2020 local elections would begin the comprehensive review on day 1 of coming to power.”