THE chief executive of a council that has been told it will not be allowed to scrap a controversial housing plan has demanded to know why.

Mark Stone has written to communities secretary Robert Jenrick to ask how powers he outlined in a letter yesterday mean that the Local Plan cannot be rejected by the authority tonight.

Mr Stone said the council ‘cannot see how’ any powers Mr Jenrick has said he has would mean that the plan needs to be progressed.

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The council has demanded a response from Mr Jenrick by 3pm today.

Mr Stone wrote: “The council remains committed to delivery a sound Local Plan and considers it of the utmost importance to uphold the vital principles of local democracy.

“It is in no one’s interest for the Local Plan to be placed on hold. I therefore urge you to respond to this letter by the requested deadline.”