Henry welcomed Shaun Spires the Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to King’s Lynn to look at various sites and to receive an update on the Borough Council’s Local Plan.
The idea was to also brief Shaun Spires on planning in and around King’s Lyn, to look at the Local Plan, examine the whole issue of trying to priorities brown field sites and to discuss the key issue of 5 year land supply.
As well as meeting the Cabinet Member for Development, Councillor Richard Blunt, and Chief Planning Officer, Geoff Hall and Alan Gomm for a 1 hour briefing. Councillor Blunt then took Shaun Spires and Henry on a tour of different sites.
Commenting on the visit Henry said; “Shaun Spires is one of the most influential experts on the whole issue of housing and planning given that the Government have recently brought out their housing White Paper – ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’; which the CPRE are going to be commenting on so I thought it was a good idea for him to come and see what is going on in West Norfolk.”
Henry went on to say; “We now have a robust Local Plan, plenty of brownfield local sites and a credible 5 year land supply. This will hopefully mean that the Borough Council will not get overruled on Appeal, and hopefully we will also have a period of stability for the next few years. However, one very important point that did come through was the expense and difficulty of bringing forward brownfield sites and this is something I am trying to discuss with the Minister.”