We hope you had an enjoyable summer and weren’t holding your breath for news about Capel’s future.
Further to our last update in July “The Long and Winding Road” it appears that TWBC’s road to an adopted Local Plan continues to get longer, and more twisty – but there now looks that there may be a significant landmark in sight!
The indications after that update were of a response to the Inspector in August, then September, and finally last week TWBC provided a schedule of (more certain?) dates for a decision on the way forward. You can read the 26.09.2023 letter here, where you’ll see that the proposed response and its approval have been delayed again:
- Discussion at the Planning & Transportation Cabinet Advisory Board (PTCAB) at their meeting on November 13th, having cancelled their scheduled meeting on October 9th.
- Assuming the PTCAB agree with Planning Function’s recommendations, this will then go to the Cabinet at their Meeting on 7th December.
- Assuming the Cabinet agree with the PTCAB, then this will go to a Full Council Meeting on December 13th for a decision on whether to proceed.
We can expect a six-week public consultation (basically a second Reg 19) to start early in the new year where Save Capel, yourselves, and others can respond to TWBC’s proposals. Following that, the revised plan and our responses will be submitted to the Inspector. He will then likely schedule further hearings to deal with any questions he needs to address.
Crucially, we expect to hear what is now proposed for Tudeley and East Capel early next month, ahead of PTCAB on 13.11.2023. Whatever is decided about the Capel sites, we anticipate significant housing to remain in the plan which we will scrutinise and continue to challenge. We will also be watching how much taxpayers’ money ends up being spent on all of this extra time and effort, and the value generated.
It beggar’s belief that the Council will have a taken a full year before deciding how to deal with the Inspector’s initial findings!!