The Cabinet Member with Economy and Regeneration Portfolio introduced the report of the Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services (previously circulated) seeking Cabinet’s approval to undertake a consultation exercise on the draft Local Plan 2016/36 (also previously circulated) and requesting that delegated powers be given to the Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services, in consultation with the Economy and Regeneration Portfolio holder, to make minor editorial amendments to the draft prior to its publication.
RESOLVED – (a) That approval be given to the commencement of a six-week period of consultation on the draft Local Plan 2016/36.
(b) That the Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services, in consultation with the Economy and Regeneration Portfolio holder, be given delegated power to make any minor changes to the documents before they are finally published.
REASON - Local Planning Authorities must prepare a Local Plan that sets out the local planning policies for their local planning authority area. Government guidance requires that Local Plans must be positively prepared, justified, effective and be consistent with national policy, in accordance with Section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).