A LONG-TERM plan for the future of housing in Weymouth and West Dorset has been put on hold for up to six months.

Councillors on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Management Committee agreed with a recommendation to put the Local Plan on hold for no more than six months while more research is carried out as to how many homes should be created in the future.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Ian Roebuck said the work undertaken so far had been ‘exemplary,’ but urged councillors to back the recommendation to ask the Government’s inspector Paul Crysell to suspend the planned examination for no more than six months in order to get the most up to date information and evidence on planning issues.

A report to the borough's management committee by Spatial and Community Policy Manager Hilary Jordan, said that the reason for the recommendation was to progress the local plan towards adoption as quickly as possible while reducing the risk of its being found unsound.

The report stated: “There would be very significant financial implications if the local plan were to be taken all the way through examination but found unsound.