Labour hits back after Tory claims on plan withdrawal

Coun Scott Dickinson
Coun Scott Dickinson

The chairman of the Labour group in Northumberland has hit back after claims that new housing figures showed the Conservatives were right to withdraw the core strategy.

Last week, we reported that council and group leader, Coun Peter Jackson, said that new data in a Government consultation paper backs his administration’s decisions to withdraw the key document.

However, Labour’s Coun Scott Dickinson, also the ward member for East Chevington, has responded, saying they are’wrong, not right, on leaving Northumberland communities vulnerable’.

He continued: “Why wasn’t a major modification, as advocated and proposed by the Labour group, not made following the release of these figures rather than leave communities naked and vulnerable?

“If all the Tories wanted to change was the housing figures, opportunities exist to do that, there always have been. If it’s about land then I’m sure lots of declarations of interest will need to be made.”

He added: “The manifesto commitment to ‘halt the march of developers’ has quickly turned in to a free-for-all for developers.”