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News - 13 December 2009
Core Strategy radically amended at Full Council meeting
At Thursday’s seven hour meeting of Brighton & Hove City Council, Labour, Green and Lib Dem councillors voted collaboratively to force through a string of changes to the Core Strategy – the document that will replace the Local Plan dictating what can be built in the city up to 2026.
Key revisions include:
- a commitment to promoting modal shift in transport [as opposed to modal choice] thus reducing car use in the city
- the housing target for Brighton Marina increased
- the transformation of Valley Gardens into a public park
The opposition parties proposed 90 amendments but only 40 were eventually agreed. The meeting was suspended for a 90 minute adjournment while the party leaders tried to hammer out a consensus. The Conservative Party abstained from the final overall vote on the document.
The combined opposition were in a position to outvote the Conservative administration because they have held 28 votes out of 54 ever since a Green by-election win in the Goldsmid ward in July.
See earlier story on the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership response to the proposed amendments to the Core Strategy.
Read related items on:
Local Development Framework
Brighton & Hove City Council