Agenda item

South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2A) Preferred Options Consultation (Part 1)

** Please note that due to the size of the appendices, they will be published as a supplement to the main agenda **

 

Report of Head of Strategic Planning and the Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

For Members to consider the draft Local Plan (Part 2A) options consultation document, and to approve the document for formal consultation.

           

Recommendation

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To accept the recommendation from ‘Planning Policy and Regeneration Strategy Committee’ and for Cabinet to:

 

Approve the publication of the draft South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2A) Preferred Options consultation (Part 1) documents for a 10 week public consultation period. Formal consultation will take place following the completion and approval of the remaining parts of the Plan, as set out in Paragraph 2.4 of this Report. Subject to the completion of the outstanding evidence work on landscape, it is intended that consultation would begin in June 2017. This is following consideration at the June Committee and Cabinet.

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That, having due regard to the recommendation from the Planning Policy and Regeneration Strategy Committee, the publication of the draft South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2A) Preferred Options consultation (Part 1) documents be approved for further detailed discussion and that the complete Plan (following the completion of the outstanding evidence work on landscape and other matters) be submitted for consideration at the June Planning Policy and Regeneration Strategy Committee and Cabinet, it be noted that, subject to approval,  formal consultation would begin in June 2017

Minutes:

The Head of Strategic Planning and the Economy submitted a report for Members to consider the draft Local Plan (Part 2A) options consultation document, and to approve the document for formal consultation.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That, having due regard to the recommendation from the Planning Policy and Regeneration Strategy Committee, the publication of the draft South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2A) Preferred Options consultation (Part 1) documents be approved for further detailed discussion and that the complete Plan (following the completion of the outstanding evidence work on landscape and other matters) be submitted for consideration at the June Planning Policy and Regeneration Strategy Committee and Cabinet, it be noted that, subject to approval,  formal consultation would begin in June 2017.

 

Reasons

 

It is recommended that Cabinet accept the recommendation from ‘Planning Policy and Regeneration Strategy Committee’ and approve the publication of the draft South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2A) Preferred Options consultation (Part 1) documents, and for a 10 week public consultation period.

 

The Local Plan Part 2A will build on, and provide detail to, the framework for growth by the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (WNJCS). This Preferred Options stage will help the Council to test the preferred approach and subsequently narrow down policies and land allocations that should be identified in the “submission draft ”, which will be the next stage in the process.

 

After the Council has completed this round of consultation, there has to be one more round of consultation, known as the ‘proposed submission’ plan (under regulation 19). The timetable envisages the proposed submission plan being published for consultation in late 2017. The proposed submission draft will take into account the findings of the next round of consultation and any new evidence published in the meantime. After the proposed submission draft plan has been consulted upon, the Council submits the plan and the representations made to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State then appoints an independent inspector to examine the plan to see whether it is legally compliant and sound (defined as justified, effective and consistent with national policy). The Council cannot adopt the plan unless the inspector concludes that the plan is legally compliant and sound.

 

Alternative options

 

The Council could chose not to approve the documents for public consultation; however this would delay for preparation of the Local Plans.

 

Option1: To agree to the recommendations as set out in this report.

 

Option 2: To amend the recommendations

 

Option 3: Not to agree to the recommendations

 

Option 1 is the recommended option. Agreeing the recommendations in this report will enable the Council to progress with the Local Plan. It is accepted that the Local Plan Preferred Options paper is likely to be controversial and will generate a considerable amount of response to the consultation. Approving this consultation will hopefully demonstrate the Council’s willingness to seriously engage on such matters and allow constructive talks to continue before finalising the next Proposed Submission draft plan.

 

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