At last week’s full council meeting, the plan to extend the panel was voted through by a majority vote. 

Cllr Roger Giles likened the proposal to extending a jury just prior to the verdict taking place.

I asked what the justification was.  The answer was apparently related to ‘inclusivity’ and the chief executive, Mark Williams, argued that the panel would have further discussions after the consultation ended.

The three new panel members are David Key (former LDF Panel chairman who helped produce the previous controversial plan – Con), David Atkins (Con) and Douglas Hull (Libdem).

It is the second time the panel has been extended in three months.  After the first panel meeting in July, the full council voted on extending the six strong panel to eight, with the addition of Helen Parr (Con) and Alan Dent (Con).

The new additions take the membership of the Local Development Framework Panel to 11.

The panel votes on a revised LDF on 1 November.