To consider a report by the Director (TW) (reference 15/238) attached.
The Cabinet considered a report by the Director (TW) (Reference 15/238) which sought approval of the publication of the Proposed Submission Scarborough Borough Local Plan. Members were reminded of the long, evolving journey in the preparation of the Local Plan which was now in a form ready for the last six week consultation stage prior to submission, and of the wider consultation process behind the preparation, including with all Borough councillors through various sessions and meetings. The Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning and Transformation paid tribute to the hard work of both officers and members on this long journey. The Forward Planning Manager then outlined the key elements of the Plan, the next stages in the process of the Plan’s approval, and tabled minor amendments to two of the development areas in the Plan: Scarborough Road, Filey and Lady Edith’s Drive, Scarborough. It was also noted that on page 189 of the report under the Action Plan, the Examination in Public should read Summer 2016, not Summer 2015. The Chair of the Planning and Development Committee then addressed the Cabinet, thanking all the members of the committee for their contributions and commending the Local Plan to the Cabinet for publication.
RESOLVED that the Cabinet recommends approval
(a) of the publication of the Proposed Submission Scarborough Borough Local Plan for the six week representation stage under Regulation 19 of The Town & Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012;
(b) that subject to any minor amendments agreed by the Chair/Vice Chair of Planning & Development Committee and the Planning Portfolio Holder, the Scarborough Borough Local Plan be submitted to the Secretary of State in accordance with Regulation 22 of The Town & Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012;
(c) that the Borough Council formally request that the appointed Planning Inspector make any modifications to the Local Plan considered necessary to make the Local Plan sound, under Section 20(7c) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended);
(d) subject to any modifications made under (c) by the Planning Inspector, that officers are granted delegated authority to consult on such modifications;
(e) that following the receipt of the Inspectors Report upon conclusion of the Independent Examination (Regulation 24 of The Town & Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012) the Local Plan be brought back to Members for formal adoption; and
(f) of the drawing down of circa £100,000 from the budget set aside for the Local Plan Examination in Public at the required time as requested by the Planning Inspectorate (2016/17).
The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (2004) and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) require local planning authorities to prepare local plan (formerly local development framework) documents that form part of the statutory development plan and are the basis for land use decisions, allocations and the determination of planning applications.
A fundamental requirement (Regulation 18 of the Town & Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012) of the overall local plan preparation process is widespread community and stakeholder engagement. Consequently over recent years the Council has sought to engage widely on the Local Plan to inform and shape its direction and contents. This report recommends that the Plan progress to the Proposed Submission Stage (Regulation 19 of the Town & Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012) and be published for a period of 6 weeks for formal representations to be made, the results of which will be reported back to Members prior to the document being submitted to the Secretary of State under Regulation 22 of the Town & Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012).
(In accordance with her declaration under Minute 1, Councillor Donohue-Moncrieff left the meeting during the debate and determination of the above item.)