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Planning Inspectorate warns councils about ‘jumping to conclusions’

Words: Huw Morris

The Planning Inspectorate has cautioned two local authorities not to ‘jump to conclusions’ while it examines their local plans.

Inspectors are reviewing and writing up their conclusions on local plans in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire that envisage 44,000 new jobs and 33,500 homes.

The Planning Inspectorate has now written to the councils, expressing its concern at an email from the authorities that said inspectors “have not raised any fundamental concerns with the development strategy”.

Its letter says: “You will recall that we raised some fundamental concerns regarding the development strategy in our preliminary conclusions of May 2015.

"The council undertook further work to address these concerns and the examination has continued.

"However, our final conclusions will be contained in our reports to the councils and it is not appropriate for you to jump to conclusions prior to the receipt of our reports.”

The inspectorate said it “cannot rule out the need to revisit issues” as inspectors write up their conclusions.

"You should bear in mind that the examination remains open until the councils receive our reports,” adds the letter.

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