Anger as plan debate stifled

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The city’s planning leader has been accused of “playing politics” over delays to a key planning blueprint for the Capital.

Councillor Ian Perry refused to hear an emergency motion calling for a debate on the second local development plan (LDP2), which sets out where thousands of new homes can be built.

The LDP2, which is crucial to the city’s future infrastructure, was originally supposed to be signed off by councillors at yesterday’s planning committee meeting, but was ditched from the agenda last week and delayed until May.

Critics have accused the council of “passing the buck” and leaving communities fighting proposed developments in limbo, amid claims that the Labour Party was seeking to avoid embarrassment in May’s general election over controversial house-building plans in west Edinburgh.

Jim Ferguson, chairman of campaign group Friends of Curriemuirend Park, said: “I think it’s disgraceful that it would appear that one person seems to be holding up the progress of the LDP.

“It’s ridiculous. People are extremely disappointed. They can’t see a valid reason for postponement.”

Tory planning spokeswoman Joanna Mowat, who lodged the motion, said the council was “failing in its duty” by continuing to put off any discussion of the LDP2.

She said: “The convener is playing politics by delaying consideration of the Local Development Plan and eroding confidence in the council with his actions.

“Stopping any debate on this is anti-democratic. The council is failing in its duty to the people of Edinburgh if it delays this matter any longer.

“Confidence in planning in Edinburgh is not high at present and delaying taking a decision on the Local Development Plan is irresponsible.”

Councillor Perry was unavailable for comment.

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