In an astonishing move, Hart Council have called off the Local Plan consultation with only 24 hours to go before the consultation was due to close.
Their full statement is (our emphasis):
From 2pm on Thursday 14 February Hart District Council stopped the Local Plan Consultation and removed the online response form from the website.
Leader of Hart District Council, Cllr Stephen Parker, said:
“We have found errors in the consultation material for our Local Plan Consultation. In order not to undermine the consultation process and to maintain a fair and transparent procedure, we have taken the decision to stop the consultation and have ceased our online response form.
I apologise to the residents and businesses of Hart for the inconvenience caused and I would like to reassure the public that by working with my colleagues to rectify the issues discovered, we will create a robust consultation going forward.”
It is deliciously ironic that they got the month wrong in the statement calling off the consultation.