Forest Heath councillors unanimously rejected attempts by council officers to overturn their decision to reject an application to build 1,200 houses on Hatchfield Farm.
FHDC officers attempted to remove the councillors' reasons for turning down the application when it came to appeal but angry members voted against handing delegated powers to the Head of Planning, insisting rightly that they should be involved in the preparation of a Statement of Common Ground.
Why oh why did not Broadland's councillors insist that they too should be involved in so many decisions which were instead delegated to the Strategic Director and Chief Planner and the Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy and Conservation? BDC councillors stood up to officers when it came to rejecting the planning application for Dakenham Barns but that seems to have been their one and only attempt at taking back power from the Head of Planning and a few aspirational councillors.
What we need on May 5th is a lot of new faces who are willing to work for their local communities. We need councillors who will really work with the community and involve the community in local decisions in a meaningful way. We deserve councillors who will stand up to officers but also their own party where necessary. If Broadland's ruling party was really proud of their work on the Joint Core Strategy and the resulting massive development in N E Norwich don't you think they might just mention it in their election material?