To consider the report of the Director (RB) (reference 19/119) attached
The Cabinet considered a report by the Director (RB) (Reference 19/119) in respect of a review of the Local Plan. Members were advised of the rationale behind the review and the process and timetable involved. A fuller scope of the review would be developed with fuller Member and stakeholder engagement in due course. A presentation to Members was planned before full Council on 16 September. In reply to a question, the Planning Services Manager confirmed that with reference to paragraph 1.4 of the report, the term ‘affordable housing’ was an umbrella term which covered different tenures and models of housing. The process of gathering evidence for the review would enable the Council to understand the most appropriate models and mix for the Borough which included that of rented social housing.
RESOLVED that the Cabinet:
i) Agree to the review of the Local Plan and the updated Local Development Scheme covering the period 2019-2023;
ii) Agree to the creation of a Planning Policy Members Working Group; to be chaired by the relevant portfolio holder, with membership to include the chair and vice chair of Planning and Development Committee and up to 5 other members of the committee broadly representative of the political and geographical landscape of the Borough;
iii) Note the financial implications of the Local Plan review and Examination in Public and that a one off budget of up to £116k is available to fund these costs.
Government guidance requires that Local Plans must be kept up to date and determine if a review is required at least every five years; making plans for such reviews where appropriate. There have been a number of changes in the planning system and national guidance since the adoption of the Scarborough Borough Local Plan that means the need for a review is inevitable. It is therefore proposed to start the process of reviewing the Local Plan by identifying the main issues and options and tailoring any review to only those matters that require attention.
Under the provisions of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (2004) (as amended) local planning authorities are required to set out in a project plan the timetable for the production of various development plan documents for their area. Local planning authorities are encouraged to include details of other documents which form (or will form) part of the development plan for the area, such as neighbourhood plans. The Local Development Scheme is the conduit for this, forming the timetable for the review of the Council’s Local Plan and other land-use planning related documents.
The Local Plan Members Working Group was a useful tool during the production of the current Local Plan. The Working Group, which comprised a small number of Members from the different parties and geographic locations across the Borough, gave Members the opportunity to work with officers in a non-binding manner to consider policies and allocations before they were finalised and recommendations made to the various committees and Cabinet. It would be beneficial for officers and Members to work on the review of the Plan in a similar collaborative and co-ordinated manner.