Agenda item

Local Plan Review Issues and Options

Report from the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning.

Decision:

Decision:

 

1)    That Cabinet approves the Local Plan Review Issues and Options report, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, for public consultation.

2)    That Cabinet approves the revised Local Development Scheme, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, providing the proposed timetable for the Local Plan Review.

 

Considerations / Reasons for Decision:

 

1.            The report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning on the Local Plan Review

2.            The decision made by Council in January 2020 to adopt the Local Plan and proceed with an early review

3.            The Inspector’s final report following the publication of the Local Plan

4.            The Local Plan Review Issues and Options consultation paper attached as Appendix 1 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning

5.            The revised Local Development Scheme attached as Appendix 2 to the report, incorporating the timeline for each of the stages for the preparation and production of the Local Plan

6.            The Council’s Statement of Community Involvement

 

Other options considered and rejected:

 

The Council could choose to not go ahead with the Local Plan or seek to undertake this in line with a different timetable to that set out in the report. In addition, the Council could seek to amend the scope of the review as set out in Appendix 2 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning.

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning presented his report on the Local Plan Review Issues and Options. When the Council approved its Local Plan in January 2020, it agreed to proceed with an early review, which was a requirement from the Inspector’s final report following the public examination of the document.

 

The Local Plan review would set out the planning framework for the district to 2041, covering issues including: housing provision, the economy, retail and town centres, infrastructure provision and the environment. It would also set out the policies by which planning applications would be determined, in addition to allocating land for housing, employment and retail uses.

 

The process of producing a Local Plan involves different stages, many of which require the Council to consult with stakeholders and residents. The timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan was set out in the revised Local Development Scheme for South Kesteven Local Plan (Appendix 2 to the report).

 

The Issues and Options paper set out in Appendix 1 represented the initial stage of consultation on the Local Plan Review, setting out the scope of the review and key issues and options to be considered within the review. At this stage, the Issues and Options consultation was not a statement of the Council’s proposed planning policies but a statement of intention as to what planning policies may need to be reviewed or updated. The consultation period would run between early September to mid-October 2020.

 

The Local Plan Review, however, does need to take account of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) introduced in 2019, as the current adopted Local Plan was examined against the previous NPPF.

 

Significant consultation will be undertaken throughout all the stages of preparing and producing the Local Plan Review. In undertaking this consultation, the Council will follow its adopted Statement of Community Involvement where possible and practicable in line with temporary Regulations made by the Government in response to COVID-19.

 

On 6 August 2020 the Government published the Planning White Paper which proposed increased digitalisation, giving planning authorities new powers to improve design and sustainability standards. The proposals also included a new single infrastructure levy, which would replace the system for Section 106 contributions and Community Infrastructure Levy. Other proposals included binding housing requirement that local planning authorities would have to deliver through their local plans, splitting large sites between developers to accelerate delivery and streamlining community consultation at planning application stage. The Council would be preparing a response to the consultation engaging members of the Planning Committee and professional officers. The Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning stated he would circulate his summary of the Planning White Paper to Cabinet Members (Action).

 

During discussion reference was made to the role of Neighbourhood Plans. There was recognition that there was no body in Grantham that would be the focal point for the development of any Neighbourhood Plan. A non-Cabinet Member put forward the Earlesfield Ward to pilot the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan within the town, which could then be used as a model for other areas. 

 

The Planning Policy Team was thanked for its hard work and efforts.

 

On being put to the vote, it was AGREED:

 

1)    That Cabinet approves the Local Plan Review Issues and Options report, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, for public consultation.

2)    That Cabinet approves the revised Local Development Scheme, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, providing the proposed timetable for the Local Plan Review.

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