'Shelved' Local Plan to be discussed

Friday, April 22, 2022

Conservative plans to 'shelve' the Local Plan will be formally discussed at the Council's Executive on Wednesday.

There are three basic options on the table:

1. Continue the Local Plan process, examining responses and carrying out additional work before proceeding to the next stage.

2. Set aside the draft Local Plan, but continue to examine responses and conduct additional work whilst awaiting clarity from the Government.

3. Cease all work on the local plan process, and rely on the adopted Local Plan when considering planning applications.

Not having an up to date Local Plan puts the Borough in serious jeopardy with developers eyeing up Green Belt land, and the Council at the mercy of the Planning Inspectorate should applications be refused.

The Council continue to congratulate themselves on a successful public engagement with 18,000 responses from 45,000 households. But it is quite clear to residents that the collective efforts of campaign groups across the Borough were responsible, with just over 11,000 coming through template letters.

The full report can be downloaded from here.

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