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The District Council subcommittee voted tonight to support the consultation document on the “Local Development Framework”. This is the document that decides where new housing and employment sites will go, and what future housing policies will be.
The document now goes to a special meeting of the Full Council tomorrow night.
Four Conservatives voted for the document.
One Conservative (Trevor Goodwin from Great Wakering) was absent.
The Lib Dem (Chris Black) abstained, saying he wanted to reflect on things before tomorrow night’s meeting. This was despite strong verbal pressure from other councillors in the meeting to vote “yes”.
Tonight’s meeting only lasted 40 minutes. Some might say that was a scandalously short time for such an important document.
The atmosphere in the meeting got a little bit unpleasant. But we won’t say any more about that- it’s hard for us to describe it fairly.