Local Development Framework
To receive the attached report by David Spencer, Senior Planning Policy Officer, Breckland Council.
The issue of integration between Local Development Framework and Community Strategy was last considered by the MAST at its meeting on 21 May 2004. This pre-dated the enactment of the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 which gave the legal go ahead to prepare LDFs. Breckland was now well underway with the preparation of its Local Development Framework. Work had focussed on developing a strategy and policies. The latest consultation was called “Development Choices” and focuses on the scale of development for Breckland. The booklet that accompanies the consultation was available on-line at www.breckland.gov.uk and LSP Board members were encouraged to respond. The Strategy was due to be submitted at the end of this year and then work starts on site specifics in 2008.
The key issues were:
· Aligning content and evidence base:
The key spatial planning objectives for Breckland need to be fully aligned with the priorities identified in the SCS. A two-way process: Planners to share their evidence with LSPs; LSPs to make planners aware of the social, economic, environmental and community issues that need to be addressed in LDFs
· Ensuring the successful delivery of the infrastructure
Co-ordinating the delivery of appropriate social and community infrastructure as part of growth / regeneration. Raise awareness of implementation and delivery issues.
· Delivering LAA outcomes
Understanding planning contribution to achieving LAA outcomes: There a number of ways in which Planning can contribute to health & wellbeing; safer communities; social inclusion; economic prosperity and combating climate change.
The next step and what needed to be demonstrated were:
· Improved Collaboration
LDF needs to be integrated into the work of the LSP
Stronger corporate and political profile for SCS and LDF
· Sharing Evidence and Spatial Understanding
Collaborative approach to data collection and analysis
A shared understanding of the spatial implications of local issues.
· Joint Monitoring
A shared approach to monitoring
Collaboration on the LDF Annual Monitoring Report.
Monitoring developer contributions towards community infrastructure
· Interlinking Timescales & Co-ordinated Consultation
Both SCS and LDF need to actively engage stakeholders in their preparation.
The Board felt that there was confusion surrounding what constituted Sustainable Communities and what constituted the Sustainable Environment.
In response Andrea Long stated that sustainability should look at the economic, environment and community as a whole.
Caroline Williams felt that the business community could contribute to the Local Development Framework.
With regard to involving communities Geoffrey Leigh enquired whether the Parish Plans could be seen to feed into the overall picture.
It was agreed that the parish plans were a vital part of any decision which needed to have an evidence base. Parish Council’s could give a huge amount of information on the issues for the villages within their area.
Laura Apps-Green wished to point out that all the information contained within the village appraisals had been collated and were now in a database.
The LDF process needed to have a clear audit trail and demonstrate why and how decisions have been made.