Report of the Cabinet Member for Planning on consultation in respect of the schedule of the main modification to the Local Plan following its public examination.
1. Cabinet approves the schedule of main modifications to the Local Plan following its public examination, as set out in Appendices 1 and 2 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning and the addendum circulated at the Cabinet meeting, for public consultation in order that the plan is found sound
2. Cabinet approves the draft Local Development Scheme as set out in Appendix 4 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning setting out the timetable for the Local Plan and associated development plan documents
Reasons for decision
1. The report of the Cabinet Member for Planning on the Local Plan – proposed main modifications
2. The decision of Council on 24 May 2018 to approve the Local Plan for its statutory consultation and subsequent submission to the Secretary of State
3. Public examination of the Local Plan during May 2019
4. Requirements within the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 in respect of the submission of the Local Plan
5. Provisions within the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) allowing the making of modifications following submission of the Plan for its inspection and prior to adoption
6. Modifications required by the Inspector that were considered necessary to make the submitted Local Plan ‘sound’, enabling its adoption by Council
7. Appendix 1 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning setting out the schedule of ‘main modifications’ and Appendix 2, which set out related changes to the policies map
8. The Local Sustainability Appraisal attached as Appendix 3 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning
9. An addendum to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning which was circulated at the Cabinet meeting and corrected errors contained in the report circulated with the agenda pack
10. The timetable which would see consultation on the proposed main modifications, policies map modifications and the accompanying sustainability appraisal running for 6 weeks from 30 September 2019
11. Legislative provisions for making additional minor modifications on which it was not necessary to undertake consultation; making any such modification was delegated to the Strategic Director, Growth in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member by Council on 24 May 2018
12. A revised Local Development Scheme setting out the timetable for taking the Plan forward to adoption attached as Appendix 4 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning
13. Comments made by the Finance, Economic Development and Corporate Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 5 September 2019
Other options considered and rejected
Whilst the main modifications are suggestions, in reality they are required to ensure that the Local Plan is found sound through its independent examination and take account of all the evidence presented at the public hearing of the examination. The only other available option for the Cabinet is to not accept the main modifications. This is not recommended as it would lead to the Local Plan being found unsound and therefore the Council would need to start the production of a new Local Plan. This would result in a lack of adopted local planning policies to guide future development proposals in the meantime.
The Cabinet Member for Planning introduced his report on the proposed main modifications to the South Kesteven Local Plan. He set out the process that the plan had undergone to date and the anticipated timeline for adoption. He also drew Cabinet members’ attention to the deliberations of the Finance, Economic Development and Corporate Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 5 September 2019, a note of which had been circulated, and an addendum to the schedule of main modifications set out in Appendix 1 to the circulated report. The Cabinet was provided with an overview of the methodology through which housing need was calculated and how it had been accommodated within the Local Plan. Reference was made to a number of specific development sites, including Manning Road, Bourne, Linchfield Road in Deeping St. James and the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks site in Grantham. It was noted that windfall sites had not been included within the housing allocations 5-year housing land supply.
In presenting the report, the Cabinet Member for Planning referred to amended proposals in respect of affordable housing; rather than a blanket 30% housing requirement for developments of 10 dwellings and above, one of the modifications proposed reducing the requirement in Grantham to 20%. This was to ensure developments in Grantham, where the housing market was less buoyant than the south of the district, were viable. This was one area about which the Finance, Economic Development and Corporate Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee had raised concerns. He concluded by reassuring members that the requirement for modifications to be made was normal, and expressed his appreciation of the officers who had been involved in the development of the Local Plan document.
Several other Cabinet members expressed their thanks, both to the officers who had been instrumental in the development of the plan, but also to those Cabinet members who had been involved in its development. Members saw the Plan, with the modifications, as a good, sound plan that would help the Council in managing development across the district.
One Cabinet member asked for clarification about whether Langtoft would still be identified as a larger village following the closure of its post office; he was advised that its designation would not change. Members were supportive of the document as they considered that it not only focussed on the development of urban areas, it also took account of the wishes of some of the smaller villages which had expressed a desire for limited, appropriate development. Members identified one typographical error in Appendix 3 on page 68 of the report pack; the document referred to FFTP rather than FTTP.
The recommendations in the report were proposed, seconded and AGREED:
1. Cabinet approved the schedule of main modifications to the Local Plan following its public examination, as set out in Appendices 1 and 2 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning and the addendum circulated at the Cabinet meeting, for public consultation in order that the plan is found sound
2. Cabinet approved the draft Local Development Scheme as set out in Appendix 4 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning setting out the timetable for the Local Plan and associated development plan documents