So it has come to this - we are being asked to comment on mere semantics and diagrams! It seemed during the Examination in Public that the Inspector was actually asking for consultation but it has turned out to be another 'box ticking' exercise - yes, the GNDP have 'advertised' changes on their website and it today's EDP and interested parties are invited to comment on the following (and more) if they so wish:
Change FC2 and FC3 by replacing paras 5.28, 5.28A, 5.28B, 5.28C and 5.29 as follows:
5.28 No change
5.28A It is difficult to estimate needs for affordable homes over the long term to 2026. However, based on the most recent assessment of housing need in the three Districts, there could be a requirement for
5.28B [text moved from previous 5.28B and amended] The assessment of housing need also indicates that the current split of affordable tenures to meet need in the short term, taking into account the current backlog, is approximately 85% social rented/15% intermediate tenures, with the greatest need for social rented accommodation related to the Norwich urban area. Any need to adjust this short term target to realign it with currently-estimated longer-term needs, will be considered as part of the monitoring and possible review process referred to above.
The Inspectors are not considering a further hearing day so this is the last opportunity for local people to have their say. Most missed the opportunity when the first round of consultations took place and most will miss this one too. There is too much paperwork to plough through and much of it is written in a way that is unintelligible to the average member of the public. It will be left once more to a handful of dedicated people and a few developers (who would actually prefer to build on different tracts of farmland to those set out in the Joint Core Strategy) to make comments. Everyone knows that the majority of local people are opposed to the massive development proposed in the Joint Core Strategy but there is a bigger machine out there which will continue to ignore this fact in order to fulfill the aspirations of a few determined people.