Wirral Council’s work to develop a legally-required Local Plan has been slammed as making ‘little tangible progress’. The Town Hall has been ordered to publish an Action Plan to comply with the 2004 Act of Parliament and to report monthly to the Ministry on progress.
In a letter this week to the Council Leader, the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, also highlighted:
- Wirral is one of just 11 councils (out of 338) to be in breach of the Act
- Wirral has ‘consistently failed’ to meet key milestones on at least six occasions
- Wirral is not an area where there is higher housing pressure
- Wirral has made the least progress, of any council, in adopting a Local Plan
The Leader of Wirral’s Conservative Councillors, Ian Lewis, said: “The Secretary of State’s patience has snapped. He’s had enough of the waffle, the excuses and the failure of Wirral Council. Those who are campaigning to save our Green Belt feel exactly the same.
“This letter makes clear this is the Council’s last opportunity to get its act together or risk having the power taken off them.”