No. They will have to return to the committee with different proposals. Unfortunately, because we were unable to make the council see the error of its ways and had to go to the overview and scrutiny committee it means it happened very late in the admission cycle.

We did spend a lot of time thinking about the amendment and what we should put in it. And one of the things we did consider was requesting a quick response. However, given the mess that was created – apparently with a lot of thought – to get to this stage we thought it much better not to rush it therefore limiting the time to consider alternatives. And given that the council’s starting point would be the priority zones I think it was the right choice to allow time to investigate, consult and get it right.

The price is one year of admissions based on Belleville, but I think it’s better to do that than come up with another unacceptable scheme.