Wirral Council is one of only three local authorities in the country where Secretary of State Sajid Javid has decided to intervene to ensure the timely production of a local plan to guide development in the borough.
Commenting on the news, Oxton Lib Dem councillor and member of Wirral planning committee Stuart Kelly said –
“This is a massive humiliation for Cllr Phil Davies and the ruling Labour group. The Government has decided to go ahead with intervention on the Local Plan after Wirral Council failed to demonstrate a single ‘special circumstance’ that may have delayed producing a Local Plan to guide development in the borough.
“There has been a complete failure of leadership and strategic management at Wirral Council. The decision of the Secretary of State means they have lost control over planning policies
“The Labour leader has his head in the clouds with dreams of golf resorts and growth companies but is still failing to get the basics right.”
Now one possibility is that the Liverpool City Region will be asked to take over Wirral’s powers.
Note – Secretary Javid’s letter can be read in full here – https://t.co/UYiABzLu8P