On Wednesday (June 1st) Norwich City Council's Cabinet will meet to discuss the legal challenge to the adoption of Joint Core Strategy for Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk. The report to the Cabinet on this matter is available here.
In essence it outlines the details of the legal challenge and seeks to gain acceptance of the delegation of authority to the Director Development and Regeneration to authorise costs and instructions.
The paper also outlines some of the implications of the claim:
"There are some very significant implications to the Council both of the appeal being made and in the event of it being successful. In summary the significant implications of it being made are the impacts on development management, the impacts on forward planning work (including the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy) and the financial implications of fighting the claim. Implications of the claim being upheld are very significant indeed but cannot be realistically considered at this stage until further evidence in relation to the claim is submitted."
This has been picked up by a small article on page 9 of the Eastern Daily Press today with the headline: "Legal fight poses huge risks to new homes plan". The local media seem to pick and choose their preferred fights - with the BBC recently highlighting Caroline Spelman's intervention in the King's Lynn incinerator debacle after local MPs spoke to her about the huge level of opposition. The EDP's coverage of this fight and the Great Yarmouth outer harbour intrigue being quite extensive but somehow the building of a town "the size of Thetford" on farmland to the North East of Norwich does not appear to exercise them in the same way.
More homes are indeed needed in and around Norwich but the option chosen is the wrong one. To look at it again in the light of a different economy and changing world with proper consultation might not be such a bad thing.