It was a blame game as Kirklees councillors formally withdrew the LDF last night.
The vote to withdraw Kirklees Council's Local Development Framework Core Strategy was won by 27 votes for (Labour), 23 voting against (Greens/Tories) with 10 abstentions (Lib Dems).
Before the vote the Tories blamed the Labour Cabinet, Labour blamed the government, the Lib Dems blamed an unelected government appointed inspector and the Green Party said they should call the government's bluff.
However, the vote meant the council's LDF Core Strategy, which sets out the council’s planning vision until 2028, has now been binned.
A debate came after the Planning Inspector Roland Punshon advised that the LDF would fail its inspection over two issues – the housing figures and the council’s failure in its duty to cooperate with neighbouring authorities.
After an amended proposal - to submit the Kirklees Tory LDF plan - was withdrawn, the political party leaders met in secret to thrash out an agreed way forward.
That way forward is this: The LDF Core Strategy by withdrawn in its entirety.
Kirklees Cabinet will assess the Tory LDF proposals, send them to the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, the Planning Advisory Service and to inspector to seek their views on it robustness.
In parallel, while it is being assessed, council officers will work on a new plan in case issues arise with the Tory plan.
As Clr Mehboob Khan, council leader, said: "The inspector has clearly left us with no room for manoeuvre. When there isn't a cross party agreement is when this council is at its weakest."
Clr David Hall, Tory deputy leader, described much of the debate criticising the government as "a load of twaddle" and said the Tories were not in bed with the developers but with affected communities.
Clr Robert Light, Tory leader, told his Labour colleagues: "You put forward a plan and its turned out to be a complete mess."
Clr Nicola Turner, Colne Valley Lib Dem, said the inspector's interference was a "planning Armageddon" which would allow developers to build over open land.
Clr Kath Pinnock, Lib Dem leader, said: "None of us want to see the loss of greenbelt but I suggest we all want people to have homes to live in."
Clr Andrew Cooper, Green Party leader, added: "It is like Kirklees is standing on the precipice of a cliff with the Planning Inspector with a gun to our head saying ‘jump’.
"Well I say ‘shoot’ - do your worst. It will demonstrate to everyone that there is no true localism in the planning process."