Formal responses have been received from our local MP, John Baron and from Councillor Dr. Richard Moore who wrote on behalf of all of the Billericay Borough Councillors.
We welcome John Baron’s response to our White Paper where he clearly confirms our view that the high number of 16,000 was chosen by Basildon Borough Council and not set by Central Government:
“The numbers … in the Local Plan are not Government driven targets. The Government has made it clear that it is up to local Councils to determine the need for housing in their local area and to act appropriately to fulfil it”. - John Baron
“Interested to read (BAG’s) white paper and in particular the approaches adopted by other local authorities” - John Baron
“I have written to Basildon Council on your behalf to ask whether it is possible for any of the suggestions made in your white paper to be taken into account, thereby reducing its OAN figure”. - John Baron
Barons note contrasts with Cllr Moore’s letter. Cllr Moore, as the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning (and the “political” owner of the Local Plan in Basildon) inevitably concentrated on stressing that there is a process being followed; that comments from residents had been requested and that Basildon Council is:
“analysing all of the comments and will determine how it demonstrates that the responses were taken into account when preparing the next phase of the Local Plan” - Dr Richard Moore
To read the White Paper - and to see how you can help please see bit.ly/BBC_OAN
The full version of MP John Baron’s reply, Basildons response to his letter and Cllr Dr Richard Moore letter to BAG can be found below.