Sajid Javid threatens to intervene on Calderdale Local Plan
Two Councils in Yorkshire, Calderdale and York, have been served notice of possible government intervention after missing deadlines and failing to make progress in producing a local plan.
In a letter to the councils, communities secretary Sajid Javid said planning authorities are required to publish a Local Development Scheme under the Local Plan Act 2004, setting out when they expect to reach key milestones in the plan-making process, and the timetable for producing documents to maintain an up-to-date plan.
He told the councils they had failed to meet the deadlines set out in that timetable and February’s housing white paper had warned that such circumstances are a priority for intervention.
Javid has given the Councils until 31st January 2018 to outline “any exceptional circumstances” to justify their failure to produce a plan as well as any measures to speed up its publication.
He has also threatened intervention in thirteen other councils including Basildon, Brentwood, Bolsover, Castle Point, Eastleigh, Liverpool, Mansfield, North East Derbyshire, Northumberland, Runnymede, St Albans, Thanet and Wirral.