But in an answer both to mine and Cllr Susie Bond’s questions at the meeting, it was confirmed that the strategic housing market assessment (revised housing figures that we have all been waiting for, for almost one year) will be published in early March, with a report to the development management committee by the end of March, which will consider the new proposed housing numbers.

The revisions to the local plan will then be submitted to the planning inspector who will then provide questions which EDDC will consult on.

The consultation will start in mid April, continuing for one month.

The examination will take place during August and September and the council hopes that the local plan will be adopted by the end of this year.

What changed their minds, we aren’t sure but we certainly welcome the change of plan and the realisation that it was outrageous to impose yet another delay.