Typical spin from one of the main architects of the Joint Core Strategy and one of the people who did not listen to what local residents and Parish Councils wanted.
In response to Mr Justice Ouseley’s ruling this morning, Greater Norwich Development Partnership chairman Andrew Proctor, chairman of the GNDP and leader of Broadland District Council, said: “The judge has given a ruling that we need to study in detail, but it is clear that he does not challenge the scale of growth required in the Greater Norwich area and considers that the preferred growth option was properly assessed.
“He does agree that way the Joint Core Strategy was arrived at “could not be stigmatised as unreasonable” and was subject to “frequent public consultation.
“However, he did conclude that the Strategic Environmental Assessment we carried out did not properly explain the alternatives to the North East Growth Triangle, which became our favoured option, or examine those alternatives in the same depth.
“The judge has made it clear he is still to be persuaded on what final action to take, and we are working hard to address the issue at a second hearing to be held shortly when we will be making further submissions.”
Well the Judge also said that this was a convoluted process with no cross-referencing and that the end results were unlawful. The GNDP had at their disposal all of the professional planning experts from four local authorities so why did they get it wrong?
These professionals will now be working hard to persuade the Judge not to quash the Joint Core strategy and to force them to start again. They are wasting millions in their foolhardy pursuit of housing that is not required and not wanted. Which part of NO do they not understand? We will now have to go back to court, at our expense, because they got it wrong. This cannot be right.
We shall be calling for the resignation of those Cabinet Officers and senior council officers who were duplicitous in pursuing this flawed and unlawful strategy and the closure of the unelected Quango called the Greater Norwich Development Partnership. This will save millions and recoup some of the money these elected representatives of local citizens have wasted in pursuit of their own personal agendas.