Housing Minister Dominic Raab (pictured) has potentially fixed a £350,000 problem for Folkestone & Hythe District Council (FHDC).
Back in January of this year, FHDC’s Cabinet voted 9 – 0 to spend £350,000 to pursue a corporate joint venture vehicle – via a a limited liability partnership (“LLP).
However, Raab has announced that Councils, such as FHDC, will be able to set up locally accountable new town development corporations to promote new homes. The corporations are intended for places seeking to create garden towns, just like Otterpool Park and will be responsible for master planning and project development.
Raab has included that such new town development corporations be accountable to the councils, and are expected to involve communities, including by allowing residents to influence how homes are delivered.
Normal planning requirements will apply including Green Belt safeguards.
The corporations will be led by teams of council representatives, community stakeholders, experts in delivering major projects and other partner organisations involved in the delivery of sites, said Raab.
So could the “Otterpool Park Garden Town Development Corporation” end up in the hands of a wretched council “run by a bunch of corrupt morons to clever by half.” as Jim Hacker puts it in Yes Prime Minister? We’ll leave you to decide that.
PS we hope the Council haven’t spent all that £350,000 since January.
The Shepwayvox Team – Dissent is NOT a Crime.