Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council are concerned that the Conservative elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver, desperate to curry favour with residents of Churston will destroy an already weakened local plan, by placing a covenant on Churston Golf course. The covenant would stop the development of a site that already has planning permission for dwellings and is within the local plan for development. The decision is set to take place at this evenings Full Council on the 8 August 2017.
Nick Pentney, a Liberal Democrat Councillor on the Torbay Planning Committee , explained: “The government demands a five year adequate supply of houses to be built from the local plan. The inspector in 2015 demanded that, if neighbourhood plans were not forthcoming allocating the five year supply of houses, then the council would need to make its own allocations in 2016. This did not occur and now the council has left us exposed for developers to make inappropriate development proposals anywhere in Torbay.”
He went on to say: “The Mayor’s covenant proposals for Churston Golf Club will simply make a bad situation much worse.”
Contact – Nick Pentney 07507787501