Decision Maker: Council
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Council considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance outlining the key issues and proposals within the Government housing white paper ‘Planning for the Future’.
The paper was published for the purposes of a consultation and following analysis by Officers a number of proposed responses to the consultation were set out in the report.
The Lead Specialist Place outlined the consultation and how the changes (as summarised in the report) would impact the Council, especially all areas of development management. The Officer explained that a number of proposed responses were very limited and this was because the level of detail in the white paper was minimal and without further detail it was not possible to respond fully to the consultation question.
A lengthy debate ensued. During the discussion a number of comments regarding the Council’s responses to the consultation were raised and answered by Officers. The comments included:
· In response to a comment regarding why the word ‘outdated’ had been used in relation to Question 1 relating to the planning system, the Lead Specialist Place detailed Officers reasoning for this and highlighted that only three words were requested for this reponse.
· Question 3 – Adding a comment regarding the poor availability of broadband in rural areas. The Officer advised that he was happy to add a point regarding some communities that may struggle with broadband but noted that the consultation was looking to the future and longer term.
· It was noted that the name settlement boundaries would no longer be used.
· Question 12 - In respect of the proposals for a 30-month statutory timescale for the production of Local Plans, Officers highlighted the concerns they had regarding this and the problems that would occur if the Council was required to wait for neighbouring authorities to reach the same stage of production.
· Question 14 – Officers agreed that a yes response could be given, however expressed concern regarding the Member suggested reduction in the time limit for the expiration of planning permission approvals, especially in relation to large developments.
· Question 16 – A Member raised concern regarding the narrow definition of sustainability and whether reference to an alignment of infrastructure investment with development were raised. The Officer explained that Officers had put forward the key point on sustainability, but the response could be revised.
· Question 19 – It was noted that this related to adding beauty to the planning system.
Publication date: 22/10/2020
Date of decision: 01/10/2020
Decided at meeting: 01/10/2020 - Council