Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell has attacked comments by Chancellor George Osborne about High Peak’s Local Plan.
Caitlin said: “Before criticising Labour led High Peak’s Local Plan – he should take a look in his backyard and at the record of the former Tory administration in High Peak who spent four fruitless years trying to develop a joint plan with Derbyshire Dales.
“Three years ago Labour High Peak decided go it alone and to produce its own Local Plan which is now being considered by the Planning Inspectorate following the public enquiry.
“Meanwhile Mr Osborne’s own Cheshire East Council and Derbyshire Dales, the local authority of his cabinet colleague Patrick McLoughlin have been sent away to do more work and had their plans suspended by the Planning Inspectorate. In Derbyshire Dales case they need to find sites for 2,000 more homes.” she said.
“Here in High Peak despite the confusion caused by the ever changing NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) rules imposed by the Government we have delivered not only a Local Plan, but a neighbourhood plan for Chapel-en-le-Frith too.
“These plans will help to provide much needed housing for local families and halt the sharp decline in house building which under this government has seen housing starts falls to levels not seen since the 1920s.”