Harborough District Council deputy leader Blake Pain is sacked
A council's deputy leader has been sacked over a disagreement about where hundreds of homes should be built in the future.
Blake Pain was dismissed from the Conservative-run Harborough Council's executive today.
Council leader Michael Rook said he and his deputy had "irreconcilable differences" over policy on allocating building land.
Coun Pain, who represents the district's Lubenham ward, disagrees with plans to review the council's core strategy, adopted a year ago.
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Coun Pain, who is also a county councillor, said: "The leader and I have not been able to see eye to eye on this.
"It cost taxpayers £500,000 to put in place a local plan a year ago and we are now talking about dropping that and replacing it with something that could lead to many more homes being build - in the area I represent.
"I am disappointed the leader has taken the easy route by removing me. In doing so, he has shut down the voice of the residents who live in my division at executive level."
Coun Rook said: "I have asked him to step down with great regret.
"He is an able councillor and I like the guy very much.
"We have to do this review of our core strategy by March because a planning inspector told us to.
"He has a county council election to fight in May and his ward has 40 per cent of the housing for the Harborough district allocated to it."