The consultation on the Local Plan 2031 (part 1) has not opened yet, but documents are starting to appear on the Vale Council website. A number of Consultations are launched this Friday 7th November and then you have 6 weeks!
Vale of White Horse District Council is making the final preparations to submit its Local Plan to the government. It is inviting people to make comments on the draft plan and the way it was put together, which will be considered by a planning inspector when he or she examines the plan.
The Local Plan is a document that sets out where the strategic sites for new houses and employment sites across the Vale will be, and what infrastructure the Vale will need to support it.
Our initial comments:
This is our last chance to comment on the Plan Part 1 and our only chance to comment on the Economic Forecast and the Strategic Housing Assessment which are the basis for these fantastic growth projections!
We are holding a meeting at the Beacon on 19th November to explain the background to some of this and what the consultations mean for Wantage and Grove – so come along at 7pm to hear what we have to say.
See Local Plan 2031
The Local Plan Part 1 has been updated based on two key documents which have been produced recently.
A recent decision by a Planning Inspector in Blaby, Leicestershire, called into question SHMAs and their reliance on LEP economic figures.[show more]
In the reasons for his decision to refuse a planning application for 200 homes, the Planning Inspector Jonathan G King said he could “place little or no reliance” on the local SHMA (produced by GL Hearn) and was unable to give it “significant weight in the determination of this application” (para.28).
He went on to say, it is “essential … that evidence such as SHMAs must be rigorously tested in order to establish that it is robust (para.24)”, pointing out that the Leicestershire SHMA had not been tested through the development plan examination process, nor been subject to scrutiny at a public Inquiry (para.25). Importantly, the Inspector also noted that SHMAs should not take into account the “aspirational employment growth of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)” (para.26).
See the Planning Inspector’s Statement of Reasons for rejecting Application Reference S62A/2014/0001 (Blaby, Leicestershire), 22 July 2014:
See also the Decision Notice, 22 July 2014:
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