South Derbyshire Conservative Councillors have condemned a section of Government Planning Policy which they say is creating open season for speculators and stretching local communities to breaking point.Councillor Bob Wheeler, Leader of the Conservatives on the District Council said “South Derbyshire is a fast-growing District and we welcome appropriate housing to meet the needs of an expanding population. What we do not welcome is totally inappropriate developments going through, which Councillors believe should be refused. This is happening because we know that a Government Inspector would pass them on appeal which would cost our Council Tax payers thousands of pounds in costs, a situation we are anxious to avoid.”The last Labour government imposed a requirement on South Derbyshire to build 13,000 new homes. We consider this number to be excessive, but in order to comply; the Council has submitted a Local Plan to the government which identifies sites for over 12,340 houses. It is a plan which has tried to overcome the worst aspects of over development and follows many years of consultation with the affected communities.