THE COUNCILLOR responsible for Rugby’s planning has resigned from the role.
Coun Heather Timms has stepped down from her position as Rugby Borough Council’s (RBC) cabinet member for growth and investment.
The Conservative was first elected as a ward councillor for Revel and Binley Woods in 2004.
She has been responsible for planning in the borough since 2010, having previously held positions as cabinet member for partnerships and community engagement, and for sustainable environment.
Coun Timms has overseen RBC’s proposed Local Plan, which last week was subject to a number of modifications from a government inspector.
Planning inspector Mike Hayden said the proposed 1,500-home Lodge Farm village, as well as developments at Brinklow and Coton House, should be removed from the Local Plan to make it legally compliant.
But, speaking exclusively to The Observer, Coun Timms – who stays on as ward councillor for Revel and Binley Woods – said Mr Hayden’s changes were not a factor in her resignation.
She said: “I really want to pursue some other things, and I think the Local Plan is at a stage where I can do that. I think its time for me to go now, and let somebody else have a go.
“The majority of the Local Plan is sound. We can make the modifications, it will be put together and it will go out to consultation.”
Reflecting on her time as a cabinet member, she said she had achieved ‘an awful lot’.
She said: “I’ve put in lots of work on the development of the town and seeing things like Elliott’s Field coming to fruition, the tourism strategy, having the World Rugby Hall of Fame, and making the town a real visitor attraction.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the residents of Revel and Binley Woods.”
Coun Michael Stokes, leader of the council and its Conservative Group, said he accepted Coun Timms’ resignation ‘with regret’.
He said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Coun Timms for her significant contribution in this role over the years and I look forward to working with her as an active member of The Conservative Group.
“I will make an announcement about a replacement in due course.”