Hale hits back in row
EAST YORKS: Deputy city council leader Daren Hale has hit back in an escalating war of words over plans to build new homes on Hull-owned land in the East Riding.
The move has been criticised by a number of East Riding politicians, including council leader Stephen Parnaby.
But Councillor Hale said: "We have been working positively with East Riding over the past 14 months in the development of their Local Plan and have supported them in identifying sites to meet an increasing demand for housing over the next 20 years. "Nationally, it is recognised that there is a need for more housing in all local authority areas.
"I am therefore somewhat surprised that Cllr Parnaby is criticising our plans to build on land we own by this council outside the city boundary.
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"As local politicians of all parties know, planning decisions prompt strong emotions from both residents and businesses.
"An open and transparent process in developing a framework for such decisions is critical and Hull is playing its part in this process as East Riding develops its Local Plan."