Saturday 27 July 2013 Leave a comment
KNOWSLEY Council’s late submission of its long term plans to the government is based on out-of-date statistics.
Its Local Core Plan Strategy, due to be submitted in the spring, was delivered to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, on July 19.
In a document accompanying what is already a controversial plan, changes to the version of the Strategy consulted on have been detailed which raise further questions.
Knowsley’s Core Plan has caused controversy for a number of reasons, many of which are connected to the proposed reclassification of greenbelt land for employment and housing uses.
The Schedule of Minor Changes details changes made after consultation ended in December last year.
It states that the changes in it “are minor and do not materially change the policies or strategic direction of the Core Strategy”.
However, at least one item gives cause for concern.
The document open to consultation stated there to be a need for an additional 31.9 hectares of employment land in Knowsley. In the revised document, this figure has been amended to 2.3 hectares.
This alteration is described as a “minor editorial change to correct calculation relative to updated supply position at April 2013”.
Considering an overall target of 183.5 hectares of employment land, the shift is considerable. Instead of needing to find over 31 hectares of new land, there is apparently only a need for less than one tenth of that amount.
Subsequent decisions within the Core Plan therefore seem to be based on calculations that are significantly flawed.
The documentation sent to the government includes a Report of Representations made which is available to view on the council’s website here.
The Schedule of Minor Changes can be viewed here.