Decision details

Local Plan Review

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Housing (Councillor Hannah Roberts)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

Delegated approval of Regulation 18 Notification and Integrated Assessment Scoping Report for consultation.

Decision:

RESOLVED - That the Regulation 18 Notification and Integrated Assessment of the Local Plan Review: Scoping Report for consultation as outlined within the report. The reasons for this are:
- National Planning guidance requires Local Plans be kept up to date and suggests that most Local Plans are likely to require updating in whole or in part at least every five years. This requirement has been strengthened through the recent Housing White Paper;
- The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework will result in policies within our Local Plan being out of date, particularly in relation to housing and employment land requirements which are likely to increase. Not reviewing our Local Plan will result in a policy vacuum, where there will be more reliance on national planning guidance and less opportunity to ensure that new development reflects local ambition and the priorities of the Council.
- The Council must fulfil its duties under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act, the European Directive 2001/42/EC (the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive) and the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (Strategic Environmental Assessment Requirements) and prepare a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) to inform preparation of the Local Plan. The council has chose to prepare this as part of an Integrated Assessment, combining the SA with an Equalities Impact Assessment, Health Impact Assessment and Habitat Regulations Assessment.

Reasons for the decision:

Option 1: To approve the Regulation 18 Notification and Integrated Assessment Scoping Report for consultation as outlined above. The advantage of this option is that the council will have fulfilled its duties under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, the European Directive 2001/42/EC (the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive) and The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (Strategic Environment Assessment Requirements). There are no disadvantages to this option.
Option 2: To not approve the Regulation 18 Notification and Integrated Assessment Scoping Report for consultation as outlined above. There are no advantages to this option. The disadvantages of this option are that the council would fail at local Plan examination due to not meeting its duties under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, the European Directive 2001/42/EC (the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive) and the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (Strategic Environmental Assessment Requirements).

Alternative options considered:

Option 2: To not approve the Regulation 18 Notification and Integrated Assessment Scoping Report for consultation as outlined above. There are no advantages to this option. The disadvantages of this option are that the council would fail at local Plan examination due to not meeting its duties under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, the European Directive 2001/42/EC (the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive) and the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (Strategic Environmental Assessment Requirements).

Publication date: 30/06/2017

Date of decision: 29/06/2017

Effective from: 08/07/2017

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