Decision details

Attleborough and Snetterton Heath Area Action Plan and wider Local Plan Review

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Members’ views were sought on the implications of a revised timetable for the Attleborough and Snetterton Heath Area Action Plan, and consequential effects on the Government’s requirements for the transition to a Local Plan.

Decision:

RESOLVED that a Working Group be established to scrutinise and review the new ‘Local Plan’ document going forward.

 

RECOMMEND to Council that Option 2 of the report be endorsed – to continue the preparation of a further more detailed consultation on growth in Attleborough, but that it be delayed to form part of a more detailed section of a consultation on the preparation of a new District-wide ‘Local Plan’ in late 2013/early 2014 (e.g. an ‘Issues and Options’ paper that could include housing numbers for the rest of the District and more detailed proposals for Attleborough in a separate chapter).  A revised Local Development Scheme would be prepared which would set out the remaining timetable for the ‘Local Plan’ with subsequent milestones to be agreed.

Reasons for the decision:

It was recommended that the Council endorsed Option 2 of the report.  Option 2 was considered to represent the most sound and deliverable approach in moving towards a new strategic planning framework for the district post National Planning Policy Framework, whilst continuing to make progress on providing certainty of the direction of committed growth in Attleborough.  Taking such an approach would allow for the remaining evidence base to be fully completed and understood.  It would also allow the Council, the public and other professional stakeholders to have a clearer understanding of the options for strategic growth and change across Breckland.

 

Should Members endorse either option 2 or 3 of the report and commit to either a migration towards a single ‘Local Plan’, or a further amended timetable for a ‘Local Plan’, then this should be prepared utilising a new Member decision-making process, such as a Working Group of Cabinet.

Alternative options considered:

In light of the issues raised in the report, there were a range of potential options available to the Council in taking local planning policy forward for both Attleborough and Snetterton Heath and the wider district. These were as follows:

 

Option1

 

Continue preparing an ASHLP for consultation in Spring 2013, and carry out a separate consultation on ‘Issues for a Local Plan review’ in late 2013 that contained options on housing growth scenarios, but acknowledging risks in relation to the justification of housing numbers and traveller pitch provision. A key risk to proceeding with a separate ASHLP in advance of undertaking the wider Local Plan review was that sections of the document would become out of date once the revised Local Plan had been prepared and, for example, if new housing figures were identified for the district.

 

Option 2

 

Continue the preparation of a further more detailed consultation on growth in Attleborough, but that this be delayed to form part of a more detailed section of a consultation on the preparation of a new District-wide ‘Local Plan’ in late 2013/ early 2014 (e.g. an ‘Issues and Options’ paper which could include housing numbers for the rest of the district and more detailed proposals for Attleborough in a separate chapter). A revised Local Development Scheme would be prepared which would set out the remaining timetable for the ‘Local Plan’ with subsequent milestones to be agreed.

 

Option 3

 

Prepare a separate ASHLP consultation to ‘Preferred Options’ stage, but delay the commencement of work on a Local Plan to 2014 and avoid confusion over revised strategic housing choices and allow further ‘objectively assessed’ evidence to support future housing growth scenarios in the district to be prepared. Pursuing this option would result in the ASHLP being capable of having some limited weight in decision-taking, but existing LDDs being afforded less weight over time as they became increasingly dated and there was an absence of emerging policy covering the wider district to replace them.

 

Report author: Phil Mileham, David Spencer

Publication date: 10/01/2013

Date of decision: 08/01/2013

Decided at meeting: 08/01/2013 - Cabinet

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