To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance, (copy enclosed).
The Committee considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance seeking Members’ consideration of the Council’s proposed response to the main modifications to the draft Chelmsford Local Plan.
The primary role of the Local Plan was to set out the required housing delivery growth and other land use requirements, allocate sites to meet that growth and to produce policies for the determination of planning applications up to 2036. Proposals for strategic developments were also included.
The report set out the points of consideration for the Council when making a response to the consultation. It was noted that the Council had been consulted on the Chelmsford Local Plan preferred options in 2017 and pre-submission draft Local Plan in March 2018. Changes to the draft Local Plan (main modifications) following examination in 2018 were now proposed. Members were informed how the concerns of the Council had been addressed at the pre-submission stage, and considering this Officers felt there were no substantive reasons to object to the main modifications proposed to the draft Chelmsford Local Plan.
In response to a comment from the Chairman, the Specialist – Local Plan confirmed that the South Woodham growth area previously referred to a bridge over the road but had been amended to ‘multi user crossings’ for example, a bridge or underpass, to give flexibility in the future.
RESOLVED that Chelmsford City Council be informed that Maldon District Council had no objections to the Schedule of Main Modifications to the draft Chelmsford Local Plan.