Revised Local Plan Timetable (revised again
11th April 2013 27th April 2013)
Arun seem to change their meetings at such a rate that it is hard for the public to be sure what is going on. What is on the Arun web site today might change tomorrow! We were originally advised that the Special Council on 9th May was to replace the planned Local Plan Sub-Committee – now a Local Plan Sub-Committee has been “inserted” on 8th May!
The revised timetable for the Local Plan (after Asbestosgate!) and as far as I can work it out, is now as follows:
8th May 2013 – Local Plan Sub-Committee. The agenda is published here:
9th May 2013 [Special Full Council meeting – new date] – this replaces the planned Local Plan Sub-Committee (or so they said in mid April!). This meeting will consider the recommendations from the meetings of the Local Plan Sub-Committee held on 31 January and 7 March 2013 which were deferred due to the cancellation of 20 March Full Council meeting. The agenda is published here:
15th May 2013 [regular Full Council meeting – planned date]. This meeting will debate:-
- the Windmill Petition
- Strategy for Leisure & Cultural Provision in the Arun District [recommendations from the meeting of Cabinet held on 11 February 2013]
- All other reports and recommendations on regular meetings/items from 20 March 2013 agenda plus will include report backs from meetings held since
- With the exception of the recommendations from the Bognor Regis Sub-Committee of 26 February where they may be a proposal for deferral to allow more time to develop options for car parking provision to support the regeneration scheme
16th May 2013 – Local Plan Sub Committee – Pre-Submission Local Plan (as far as I am aware this meeting is still on)
29th May 2013 [Special Full Council meeting – planned date] to consider the recommendations from the meetings of the Local Plan Sub-Committees on 8 and 16 May 2013 and final consideration of the pre-submission Draft Local Plan which will be authorised to go out to regulation 20 public consultation.
Date TBC – Consultation and review of Pre-Submission Local Plan
September 2013 – Full Council – permission for submission of revised Local Plan to Secretary of State
October 2013 – Consultation on submitted Local Plan
November/December 2013 – Pre Examination in Public meeting with Planning Inspectorate, public and other stakeholders
December 2013/March 2013 – Examination in Public
May 2014 – Inspector’s Report and Recommendations
May/June 2014 – Adoption of Local Plan
The latter part of the timetable is an estimate only and will need to be agreed with the Planning Inspectorate.
The above information has been taken from the agenda/minutes of the Local Plan Sub-Committee – 29th November 2012 and subsequent updates. These dates can and do vary so please double check this information on the Arun web site.
The Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure has made the point that there should be no further delays as that would seriously impact on the Council’s ability to charge under the new CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) regime which was due to be implemented in April 2014.
There are now so many planning applications across the district and this, combined with the delays to the Local Plan, mean that Arun District Council are in danger of losing control.
There is now a risk that Arun District Council are in such difficulty that they have reached a stage where anything will do – as long as it’s quick!
Will open-minded consideration of consultation representations by the public be diluted by the need for the council to act quickly?
The draft Local Plan public consultation was held from 19th July 2012 to 10th September 2012. The consultation on Interim Planning Policy Guidance for enterprise@BognorRegis from 11th September 2012 to 23rd October 2012.