The draft project brief for the Rackheath 'Exemplar' development is now available on the BDC website as a report to be put before the Place Shaping Committee (who comes up with these names?!) on 4th August. The aim of the brief is 'to set out the Council's aspirations for the Exemplar Project and to seek community support for the proposals included in it'. There is that word again - aspirations - it seems to crop up regularly whenever Councillor Proctor is involved in anything! Just whose aspirations are we talking about here?
The brief states that the Exemplar was originally part of the eco-town project but it is now 'not tied into it and is being promoted as a stand-alone scheme'. How can the funding given by the previous government for the proposed Rackheath eco-town be used therefore for this project as BDC have now clearly said it is not part of the project?
The Evening News today reports on the project brief and in it Andrew Proctor gives his definition of the word 'local'. His definition might come as a very big surprise to most people in Norfolk as he thinks the people who should be consulted on the Rackheath development should include everyone who lives within the council areas of Broadland, South Norfolk and Norwich City! Surely this is just a contrivance by BDC to try push their plans through. Widen the net far enough and they will find sufficient people who will be disinterested and can then be counted as supporting the council's plans. They've tried it before with the JCS so it should come as no surprise that they are employing the same tactics again.
The government has not yet defined what it means by the word 'local' but if it does cover such a wide geographical area it will make a mockery of their enthusiasm for 'localism' as real local communities will surely rise up in arms to protest.