Well done to Hawkwell councillors John and Christine Mason for unearthing some startling figures about the financial cost of the Core Strategy:
Rochford District Council has spent £2.1m plus over the past 7 years to April 2013 on the Core Strategy.
Within that £350,000 to Consultants.
£1 million came from Council Tax and £1.1 million from Government Grants making £2.1 million overall.
Full article here.
UPDATE: just to clarify this a little , the costs of planning policy work do amount to £2.1 million over the last seven years - but we are advised this relates to the cost of preparing all local development framework documents including the Core Strategy, Supplementary Planning Documents, Statement of Community Involvement, Area Action Plans, Development Management DPD and so on.