The EDP has reported that the first phase of the Rackheath eco-town will go ahead in spite of government cut backs. Andrew Proctor from Broadland District Council has said that the money given by the previous government is now in the bank and no-one has asked for it back so they intend to spend it on pushing ahead with the eco-town.
The EDP article repeated twice Grant Shapps promise that :
“We will back genuine new eco-town or eco-village developments, which have broad-based local support and are genuinely environmentally sustainable. We will not impose eco-town developments (through national planning rules) on communities which do not want them.”
So where is your mandate to proceed Mr Proctor?
You know the majority of local residents in Rackheath and Salhouse do not want this development to go ahead so you have to go further afield to gain support for your ideas. Of course people in Brundall etc are quite happy to support development elsewhere - they don't think it will affect them and they have only very limited growth proposed in their localities. Go out as far as Aylsham and surrounding villages and the impact of the proposed development will undoubtedly feel less relevant to those communities. Why should they oppose the idea when they see that their lives and countryside will not be suffering unduly. So just who are the Nimbys????
Grant Shapps has said it is the local communities who should decide - local means the folk who live in the area which will be affected and BDC already know that they don't have the support of the majority of the local communityl, so why are they pushing ahead?