Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Kevin Mahoney (Independent Sully) has criticised a Labour Party propaganda leaflet being distributed in the Sully, Cosmeston and Lavernock areas which, he says, contains “ some of the most disingenuous and misleading quotes and statements that I have ever witnessed in a political leaflet” .
Cllr Mahoney specifically targets quotes attributed in the pamphlet to Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) who is deputy leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and which relate to the council’s contentious Local Development Plan (LDP) – the plan which controversially proposes the building of over 10,000 new homes across the Vale of Glamorgan – and which initially proposed “735” new homes be built in Cosmeston and Sully.
The Labour pamphlet says that the old LDP of the previous Conservative administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council had proposed building 1,100 homes in Sully and Cosmeston – and claims that in 2013 the new Labour administration in the Vale had “reduced those numbers by 33% to 735” .
….But the Labour pamphlet then goes on to claim that “The Welsh Government appointed Inspector has since increased that to 1,076 duing his examination of the plan”.
The Labour pamphlet – delivered door to door in Sully and Cosmeston – then quotes Cllr Burnett as voicing what it calls “her disappointment at the Inspector’s changes”.
Cllr Burnett is quoted as saying “Although the total number of houses is still below the original Tory plan I am saddened that the Inspector has chosen to make these changes.”
Cllr Mahoney says the Welsh Assembly appointed inspector Mr Richard Jenkins had not put forward any number or any description of new house numbers for Sully or for Cosmeston. He says “the increased housing figures were put forward by the Labour-led Vale of Glamorgan Council not Mr Jenkins” .
Cllr Mahoney alleges that Cllr Burnett and the Labour Party have “misled ” local residents with a “blatantly false claim but into the bargain has loaded the implied blame onto a Welsh Assembly planning inspector”
Cllr Mahoney says that the planning inspector – Mr Richard Jenkins – had examined the Labour party leaflet and stressed to all present at yesterday’s LDP hearing in the Vale Council offices at Barry Docks that at no time had he increased any proposed housing numbers.
[ PDN NOTE: PDN sources say that the “adjustment” in the numbers of proposed houses actually took place a year ago at an early stage in the LDP Examination when the Vale Council’s proposals were being rigorously scrutinised. It was established that the Vale Council had over-estimated the amount of so-called “windfall” development which was forecast to take place on building sites that hadn’t been allocated – and the council was then told by the inspector to go back and work out its figures again – to increase the number of houses (at sites anywhere in the Vale) to make up for the council’s earlier mistakes. PDN sources says it was – in fact – the Vale of Glamorgan Council itself which then returned to the LDP Examination with proposals for the extra houses at Sully/Lavernock/ Cosmeston as an option and it was the council which came up with the numbers proposed. ]