York council leader backs legal plans

James Alexander

James Alexander

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YORK’S council leader has backed Government plans which would smooth the path of major developments by cutting the time and opportunity for legal challenges.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said disputes over large-scale projects will be fast-tracked through a new planning court, with specialist judges working to fixed time limits.

York has seen a number of prolonged attempts to block two of its biggest schemes in recent years, the 655-home Germany Beck development and the Derwenthorpe project.

James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, said: “Due process should be followed and people should have the right to appeal, but legal challenges one after the other must end.”

“I would like to see the debate move from some people being against the development of homes at any cost to working in partnership with councillors and developers to ensure new homes meet the needs of local communities.”

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10:38am Thu 6 Feb 14

roskoboskovic says...

setting a very dangerous precedent especially when you have a character such as alexander in charge.i get the impression that he will ride roughshod over anyone who disagrees with him and will refuse to listen to constructive argument.men such as alexander bring local government and politics into disrepute and i for one can t wait for his demise.
setting a very dangerous precedent especially when you have a character such as alexander in charge.i get the impression that he will ride roughshod over anyone who disagrees with him and will refuse to listen to constructive argument.men such as alexander bring local government and politics into disrepute and i for one can t wait for his demise. roskoboskovic
  • Score: -25

10:58am Thu 6 Feb 14

tobefair says...

James Alexander agreeing with the government. Is he turning conservative?
James Alexander agreeing with the government. Is he turning conservative? tobefair
  • Score: -21

11:43am Thu 6 Feb 14

Kevin Turvey says...

The opportunity for legal challenges should stay.

They give a little breathing room for some attempt at common sense to prevail and the public right to challenge development of whatever is planned is essential.

Politicians need to remember who they work for! Us.

There is something very wrong with any MP or councillor that wants the public to have less opportunity to have a say in their own future.

The fact that Kim Young Alexander the not so Great agrees with removing this opportunity strengthens my opinion to keep it in place.

In my opinion any politician or MP who wants the public to have less say should not be allowed to be one by default as they are obviously not wanting to serve the people that pay their salary.

We are getting the governing bodies we deserve by not standing up to these people and not voting.
The opportunity for legal challenges should stay. They give a little breathing room for some attempt at common sense to prevail and the public right to challenge development of whatever is planned is essential. Politicians need to remember who they work for! Us. There is something very wrong with any MP or councillor that wants the public to have less opportunity to have a say in their own future. The fact that Kim Young Alexander the not so Great agrees with removing this opportunity strengthens my opinion to keep it in place. In my opinion any politician or MP who wants the public to have less say should not be allowed to be one by default as they are obviously not wanting to serve the people that pay their salary. We are getting the governing bodies we deserve by not standing up to these people and not voting. Kevin Turvey
  • Score: -32

11:57am Thu 6 Feb 14

BL2 says...

The whole idea is utterly disgusting! More powers should be put in place to stop developments on flood plains and green land, not to increase the ease with which it is done!
The whole idea is utterly disgusting! More powers should be put in place to stop developments on flood plains and green land, not to increase the ease with which it is done! BL2
  • Score: -35

1:13pm Thu 6 Feb 14

pedalling paul says...

Only once the LDF is in place. That would offer some checks and balances to the wishes oof developers.
Only once the LDF is in place. That would offer some checks and balances to the wishes oof developers. pedalling paul
  • Score: 44

1:16pm Thu 6 Feb 14

pedalling paul says...

Oops I just oof....ed.
Oops I just oof....ed. pedalling paul
  • Score: 45

2:36pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Richard Catton says...

Yes James, I imagine you do dream of a Utopia where York residents work hand-in-hand with developers and the council.
However we, as York residents, dream of you listening to a **** word we say.
Yes James, I imagine you do dream of a Utopia where York residents work hand-in-hand with developers and the council. However we, as York residents, dream of you listening to a **** word we say. Richard Catton
  • Score: -10

2:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

petethefeet says...

Is James Alexander any worse than the rest? To me, a politician should first-of-all be successful at running his (family) life, his career/business and his finances. However, such would be a freak of nature as such an exemplary character would be spending most of their time doing just that. So, what do we get instead? A council full of career-failures who (mostly) work for public companies who give them time off for this, or wet-behind-the-ears career politicians (like James) devoid of life skills or knowledge of historical precedent, or 'hangers-on' with no obvious means of support. Hardly representative of society!
Is James Alexander any worse than the rest? To me, a politician should first-of-all be successful at running his (family) life, his career/business and his finances. However, such would be a freak of nature as such an exemplary character would be spending most of their time doing just that. So, what do we get instead? A council full of career-failures who (mostly) work for public companies who give them time off for this, or wet-behind-the-ears career politicians (like James) devoid of life skills or knowledge of historical precedent, or 'hangers-on' with no obvious means of support. Hardly representative of society! petethefeet
  • Score: -24

4:58pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Diogenes2 says...

Jim Alexander is a conservative by his actions.
Like Thatcher, he ignores the public and does what he wants.
The word "democratic" does not exist in his vocabulary.
Jim Alexander is a conservative by his actions. Like Thatcher, he ignores the public and does what he wants. The word "democratic" does not exist in his vocabulary. Diogenes2
  • Score: -27

5:21pm Thu 6 Feb 14

chelk says...

James Alexander I would like to see the debate move from some people being against the development of homes at any cost to working in partnership with councillors and developers to ensure new homes meet the needs of local communities. This should work both ways with the council listening to the people who pay the council tax and ultimately the councillors wages but this will never happen with this lot. The Muppet Show rolls on
James Alexander I would like to see the debate move from some people being against the development of homes at any cost to working in partnership with councillors and developers to ensure new homes meet the needs of local communities. This should work both ways with the council listening to the people who pay the council tax and ultimately the councillors wages but this will never happen with this lot. The Muppet Show rolls on chelk
  • Score: -33

6:48pm Thu 6 Feb 14

lezyork1966 says...

this guy needs removing.
this guy needs removing. lezyork1966
  • Score: -30

6:49pm Thu 6 Feb 14

What-a-joke-they-are says...

I bet he does!

How else can he force things through before he is turfed out

We have a justice system and the general populous should be able to challenge these decisions until the cows come home

Money is driving these decisions not common sense or the greater good.

I'm still upset there were no comments allowed on the charity weight loss article - then we could have legitimately used the two words we all want to use to describe JA
I bet he does! How else can he force things through before he is turfed out We have a justice system and the general populous should be able to challenge these decisions until the cows come home Money is driving these decisions not common sense or the greater good. I'm still upset there were no comments allowed on the charity weight loss article - then we could have legitimately used the two words we all want to use to describe JA What-a-joke-they-are
  • Score: -32

7:10pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I do get the feeling that Members of Parliment and expecially Local Government remenber they are poblicalltt elected to aid the public th matters that effect all. THEY are not VOTED IN TO DO AS THEY LIKE for there own benefit. any council are now like a 1st year infant kild. thats mt personal opinion
I do get the feeling that Members of Parliment and expecially Local Government remenber they are poblicalltt elected to aid the public th matters that effect all. THEY are not VOTED IN TO DO AS THEY LIKE for there own benefit. any council are now like a 1st year infant kild. thats mt personal opinion Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -36

8:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Silver says...

How is this going to be helpful? Say a proposal is put forward and it takes the public time to mobilise against it. Such as say Union terrace being sold that petition would have been ignored and we as a city would be worse off because it wouldn't have had the time for opposition against the plan
How is this going to be helpful? Say a proposal is put forward and it takes the public time to mobilise against it. Such as say Union terrace being sold that petition would have been ignored and we as a city would be worse off because it wouldn't have had the time for opposition against the plan Silver
  • Score: -3

10:26pm Thu 6 Feb 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Hey, mark-down mongrel, you missed one.

Go get it, woof, woof.
Hey, mark-down mongrel, you missed one. Go get it, woof, woof. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -129

11:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

tonyfromitaly says...

Of course he agrees with the government, it will give him the opportunity once again to fill the extra positions with hand picked like minded looneys on salaries the common man can only dream of.
Of course he agrees with the government, it will give him the opportunity once again to fill the extra positions with hand picked like minded looneys on salaries the common man can only dream of. tonyfromitaly
  • Score: -165

12:28am Fri 7 Feb 14

yorkonafork says...

YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
Hey, mark-down mongrel, you missed one.

Go get it, woof, woof.
Haha, he didn't enjoy that one, you've been hit hard with your markings ...naughty ;)
[quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: Hey, mark-down mongrel, you missed one. Go get it, woof, woof.[/p][/quote]Haha, he didn't enjoy that one, you've been hit hard with your markings ...naughty ;) yorkonafork
  • Score: 26

7:50am Fri 7 Feb 14

Eric Olthwaite says...

In the photo above the only thing I can liken it to is from Team America: World Police, is the I'm So Lonely scene.

About the same level of politics as well
In the photo above the only thing I can liken it to is from Team America: World Police, is the I'm So Lonely scene. About the same level of politics as well Eric Olthwaite
  • Score: 3

4:54pm Fri 7 Feb 14

mmarshal says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
setting a very dangerous precedent especially when you have a character such as alexander in charge.i get the impression that he will ride roughshod over anyone who disagrees with him and will refuse to listen to constructive argument.men such as alexander bring local government and politics into disrepute and i for one can t wait for his demise.
I couldn't agree more. Reducing time for legal challenge when there is a council leader who respects the wishes of his constituents is one thing. Reducing the time, when we have a council leader with a history of ignoring our wishes and seeking to force his own agenda, would be dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: setting a very dangerous precedent especially when you have a character such as alexander in charge.i get the impression that he will ride roughshod over anyone who disagrees with him and will refuse to listen to constructive argument.men such as alexander bring local government and politics into disrepute and i for one can t wait for his demise.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. Reducing time for legal challenge when there is a council leader who respects the wishes of his constituents is one thing. Reducing the time, when we have a council leader with a history of ignoring our wishes and seeking to force his own agenda, would be dangerous. mmarshal
  • Score: 1

11:39pm Fri 7 Feb 14

What-a-joke-they-are says...

How come ALL the comments on this article are -30 odd?

Apart from the oof joke?
How come ALL the comments on this article are -30 odd? Apart from the oof joke? What-a-joke-they-are
  • Score: 0

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