How did we get into this mess?: 9 A Plan, a Plan, a nation for a Plan!

During 2014 there were no further attempts to push the housing target up and it remained at 47,500. By November 2014 the Local Plan was again back before the Cabinet. Cllr Hannaford (LD, Looe West) and Cllr Rowe (LD, St Issey) recommended approval for the draft Plan that would be submitted to the Government, together with its target of 47,500 houses.

The signs always stress employment, never housing.

It then went to full council in December 2014. By this time, only the Conservatives were left opposing the Plan and its 47,500 house target and only just over half of them voted against or abstained. A very high proportion – almost a third – did not vote or were absent. Ukip’s councillors were split, while all the other groups – Independents, Lib Dems, Labour, MK and Green – voted solidly for the Plan’s submission to the Secretary of State. Three Lib Dems voted against or abstained: Cllrs Fonk (Gulval), Farrington (Launceston South) and Glenton Brown (Tintagel). The rest of the councillors had thrown in the towel and were desperate to get some sort of Plan, any sort of Plan, agreed to bolster up the defences against the hordes of rapacious developers flocking to Cornwall for some easy pickings.

Having refused to make a case for special treatment or work up a ‘robust’ challenge to the dubious projections used by the Government, councillors had little choice but to cave in. The vote was unsurprising, 76 to 19 in favour of the Plan, with five abstentions. Another 23 councillors were absent.

Here’s how they voted. You can jump down to the party here …

Independents
Liberal Democrats
Conservatives
Labour
Ukip
MK
Green Party

Independents

Voted for Voted for Voted against Abstained
Biscoe Callan Rich
Coombe Curnow
Dolley Eathorne-Gibbons
Egerton Ellison
German Greenslade
Harris Hawken
Haycock Hayward
Holmes Kaczmarek
King Lugg
May McKenna
A. Mitchell Penny
Pollard Saunby
I. Thomas J. Thomas
A. Toms H. Toms
Trubody Wallis
Wood

Liberal Democrats

Voted for Voted for Voted against Abstained
Austin Batters Fonk Glenton Brown
M. Brown Bull
Buscombe Candy
Chopak Ekinsmyth
Frank George
Hannaford Hobbs
Hughes James
Kenny Kerridge
Knightley P. Mitchell
Nolan Parsons
Paynter Pearce
P. Rogerson S. Rogerson
Rowe Scrafton
Sleeman Watson

Conservatives

Voted for Voted for Abstained or voted against Not present
Eddowes Lambshead Bay Harding
Pascoe Chamberlain Maddern
Dyer R. Mann
Ellis
Ferguson
Fitter
French
Gorman
Hall
Jewell
S. Mann
Mustoe
Pearn
Pugh
Sanger
White

Labour

Voted for Voted for Abstained or voted against Not present
Atherton Dwelly
Kirk Moyle
Olivier Webber

Ukip

Voted for Voted for Abstained or voted against Not present
Blakeley Lewis Elliott

MK

Voted for Voted for Abstained or voted against Not present
Cole Jenkin
Long

Green Party

Voted for Voted for Abstained or voted against Not present
Andrewes

Unfortunately however, there was one more hurdle to surmount – the so-called ‘examination’ of the Plan by a Government Inspector.

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