Cheshire East Council has replaced the cabinet member responsible for its local plan and told planning committee members not to rely on its five-year housing supply figures, as it emerged £3.7m has been spent on the plan so far.
The local authority has put Cllr Peter Raynes as head of the project to draw up the local plan, replacing deputy leader Cllr David Brown.
Cllr Brown has been responsible for overseeing the development of the local plan since Cheshire East was formed in 2009.
The cost of the work on the local plan over the past five years is estimated at £3.7m, according to information provided by the council to UKIP Councillor, Andrew Barratt.
A statement from Cheshire East Council said it is "minded to pause the examination to allow further work to be undertaken to address the inspector's concerns, which is likely to be completed within six months".
Cheshire East is now creating a task force to work on the issues raised by planning inspector Stephen Pratt, who last week announced his interim views on the soundness and legal compliance of the plan as part of the examination.
Pratt highlighted "serious shortcomings with the council's objective assessment of housing need and future provision", alongside a mismatch between the council's economic plan and its housing strategy.
Due to the inspector's criticism of the council's annual housing delivery figure of 1,180 homes, Cheshire East's head of planning Adrian Fisher told a meeting of the planning committee last week that "we no longer recommend that this figure be used in housing supply calculations… At the present time, our advice is that the Council is unable to robustly demonstrate a five year supply of housing land".
Cllr Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East Council said: "Cllr Peter Raynes will now lead this task force to expedite the process and reduce to as short as possible any delay to the local plan being examined and adopted.
"Peter will be ably assisted by former cabinet member Cllr Jamie Macrae, who has a fantastic background within planning and economic development. We will also continue to listen to residents and involve external partners.
"It is important for everybody to be reassured that we have listened and will continue to listen to people to make sure we get the local plan right as soon as possible."