Julian has spoken of his concerns that decisions made in Craven have been overturned by the Planning Inspectorate, based in Bristol, in the House of Commons.
During Department for Communities and Local Government Questions, the MP said:
“Constituents in Skipton, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, continue to be frustrated about the overturning of planning decisions in Bristol when those have been taken locally in Craven. What advice can the Minister give to my constituents?”
In response, Planning Minister Nick Boles said:
“The best defence and the way to guarantee that the local authority representing local people is in the driving seat is for that local authority to get on and complete its local plan. That is sometimes a difficult process, but that is the best thing to do—to get on and complete that local plan.”
Speaking after the Question, Mr Smith added:
“The Minister’s response is clear – we need Craven District Council to get on with the job of completing its local plan, taking into account the wishes of residents and the importance of being able to grow our economy. I am concerned about how long this is taking and urge them to complete it as quickly as possible.”