Local Plan moves towards public examination stage
Release date: 19 May 2016
The draft Local Plan for Cotswold District has been approved for submission to the government later this year.
Meeting on 17 May, Councillors engaged in an extensive debate about the Draft Submission Local Plan before it was approved, subject to minor modifications by the Council’s Forward Planning Team. A number of questions from members of the public were also tabled and answers provided.
In due course, the Council will be sending a newsletter to all households in the District, explaining how the key policies were drawn up in accordance with national planning policy requirements. The newsletter will also include details about the formal focused six-week period of public consultation on the version of the Plan which the Council intends to submit for public examination; it is expected that this consultation will start towards the end of June (dates to be confirmed soon). During the consultation period, people who want to get involved in the examination itself - and/or maintain previous comments about legal compliance or soundness - must submit written representations on an official form. The inspector will look closely at these comments and will want to know why the respondents consider the Plan to be unsound, what changes are being sought, and why those changes would ensure that the Plan is sound.
CDC planners consulted the public early in 2015 on Development Strategy and Site Allocations documents and then, later the same year, on draft Development Management policies. They took those views into account, along with a wide range of supporting evidence, when compiling the Draft Submission Local Plan.
Commenting on the Council’s decision to approve the Draft Submission Local Plan, Cllr Nick Parsons, the Cotswold District Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Forward Planning, said:
“Cotswold District Council has now agreed on the text of its new draft Local Plan. It has been a huge project undertaken over the last 5 or 6 years. As is often the case, the Council has had to seek compromises between national requirements and local feelings. Although I am well aware that there are people and organisations who disagree in whole or in part with what is proposed, the Council has now agreed the form and content of the Plan. We aim to send the draft to the government during the Autumn and we are hoping that it will be examined in public by an independent inspector early in 2017. The approved Local Plan will then provide a blueprint for development across the District up to 2031.”