Now Council Officers have written that:
“any of the Whitchurch sites could potentially deliver completed housing two years after the Local Plan is adopted”.
That means that houses could be built by 2016, implying that the road across the QE2 field could be started in 2014!
Council Officers wrote “that the previous position referred to reflects the position with the Core Strategy at that time (prior to the Manydown judicial review) and that time has now moved on”. There is no indication that this change is endorsed by the political leadership of the Council.
Whitchurch Councillor Keith Watts has written to the new Cabinet Member responsible for the Council’s role as a landowner, John Izett, saying “the previous position explicitly did not reflect the position with the Core Strategy at that time” and that, at a Cabinet meeting on 20th March the Deputy Leader of the Council “went over the top in his assurances that this site would not be developed for a long time and that it wouldn’t happen unless the local people want it”.
Councillor Watts added “I have no doubt of his sincerity. I expect the Administration to stand by what he said. I promise you a strong and bitter campaign if you do not.”