City council guilty of incompetence?

One of the  proposed sites for housing at Ferrymuir in Queensferry
One of the proposed sites for housing at Ferrymuir in Queensferry
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Politicians and community leaders have accused the city council of incompetence after a decision to delay a review of housing across the city.

City council planners were set to discuss the controversial Local Development Plan 2 proposals next week but they have now shelved it until May at the earliest.

The council proposals could see a further 1500 homes built in the Queensferry area over the next 10 years, over and above the 1000 homes already planned.

Edinburgh West MSP Colin Keir said: “There are serious questions to be asked of city council and senior planning officials.

“Councillor Perry, the council’s planning convener, has either shown a serious lack of competence and leadership or he is playing party politics with the daily lives of residents and the prosperity 
of the city.”

Queensferry and District Community Council secretary Terry Airlie added: “It is disappointing.

“QDCC invested a lot of time and effort with public meetings and 
consultations, culminating in us writing to the city council, asking for a moratorium on housing.

“To wait a week before the planning committee review and announce a delay is beyond comprehension.”