Local Plan Production Budget
Meeting: 22/03/2021 - Cabinet (Item 38)
Report of Councillor Paul Claussen, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Planning.
The Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Planning presented the report that sought approval to carry forward an underspend due to the current Local Plan being on hold.
Members were reminded that in June 2020 it was agreed to undertake a full review of the Local Plan. However, since that decision had been taken, consultation was underway from the Government’s White Paper which had led to uncertainty and therefore the Local Plan Review was on hold. Further clarity had been sought from MHCLG where it was hoped more information would be available late April. As soon as further information had been ascertained it would be reported to Members.
Councillor Atterwill asked if there were further costings available for the external reports that would be required to inform the Local Plan. Members heard that as it was not clear what was fully required to be incorporated in the Local Plan, the costings were not known. However the detail would be provided as soon as further information was known.
Councillor Atterwill went on to ask that if the Local Plan was not reviewed by a certain date then some Local Plan policies could be affected and would hold less weight within the planning process. He asked if Members could be advised as to which policies could be affected so that Members could be prepared.
The Executive Member for Planning confirmed that as soon as further clarity had been provided by MHCLG an update would be provided to Members.
Reasons for Recommendation
The Preparation of a Local Plan is a statutory requirement. Plans must be underpinned by an appropriate evidence base, much of which is required at an early stage of the preparation process in order to inform future decisions over development strategies and allocations.
1) To agree to the recommendation. This would allow the Council to commence critical work on the review of the Local Plan.
2) Not to agree to the carry over of the budget. (Do Nothing). This would mean that some of the evidence required for the review of the Local Plan would not be completed and would result in work on the new Plan being delayed until the required evidence base was resourced and completed.
RESOLVED that the underspend of £73,670 in the forward planning for the local plan production (154 0000 000 4410) from 2020/21 be carried over into the same budget for 2021/22, be approved.