COUNCIL chiefs in North West Leicestershire have been left fuming by a decision which could leave them powerless to prevent housing developments which they feel will a detrimental impact on the district.
The council’s draft core strategy, which sets out where new houses will be built over the next 20 years, is set to be scrapped after issues were raised by a planning inspector.
The council’s planning chief Trevor Pendleton, said the authority was backed into a corner.
He said: “We were effectively told to withdraw the plan or see it rejected at a future public examination – which would cost us a lot of money to stage. Faced with such options from the inspector, the only responsible thing to do is to withdraw the plan.
“There is a serious risk of areas where we do not want to see development taking place being built on over the next few years if we don’t have the core strategy in place.”