The Council is required to review the Local Plan: strategy and sites (LPSS) within five years of adoption to decide if an update to the Plan is required. GBC Officers have considered changes since the adoption of the LPSS in 2019 and are recommending to the GBC Executive and full council that the Local Plan should be updated. The GBC executive agreed on the 25th January 2024 that a Local Plan Update should be proceeded with. This is recomendation was approved by full council on the 21st February.
Changes identified that cause a update to be proposed include:
Planning legislation has also changed since the 2019 LPSS was adopted. This is caused in the main by the recent, passing into law of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Act 2023 (LURA). These changes, which include a new NPPF and National Development Management Policies and other regulations, will impact on plan-making to the extent that ‘new style’ Local Plans are proposed.
If the council accept the proposals to update the Local Plan, a further report will be prepared to propose appropriate timing for and budgetary requirements (Which may be in the region of £1m) of the Local Plan update. This would also consider planning reform proposals including Government’s timescales for initiating ‘new style’ Local Plans alongside the impacts of changes on the nature and form of plans and supporting evidence.
See Officers Report and a presentation as attached documents.
Broadly we can see the requirement to update the LPSS but do have issues that we would like to see addressed.
The Society will be monotoring developments closely particuarly the scope of the update, and validity of the Evidence Base.
Several organisations spoke at the Full Council Meeting. You can find our 3 miniute speech below.
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