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Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document

Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 18/01/2005
Local Development Scheme & Core Strategy Issues & Options



Summary & Purpose
The report explains the Local Development Scheme and the Core Strategy and sets out the process in producing them.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive



The benefit to the Borough of these documents is that the Scheme will set out clearly the programme of work for producing the Local Development Framework, and the Core Strategy is the central document that sets out the wide strategic policies, dealing with the quality of life implications indicated above.

E-Government implications:

There may be implications for e-government using new techniques for consultation.

Resource and legal implications:

There are resource implications and these will be met within the budget allocation.
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The Local Development Scheme

1. The first draft of the Local Development Scheme was submitted to the Government Office for the South East (GOSE) in December 2003. A further draft was submitted in April 2004.

2. The final Regulations for producing an Local Development Framework were not received until September 2004. At about that time, it became evident that the Planning Inspectorate would not be able to deal with all the Examinations (Public Inquiries) that would be needed, and GOSE advised the Borough Council to modify the Scheme and reduce the number of Development Plan Documents that it had planned to produce. This was explained to the Local Development Framework Special Interest Group, who accepted the situation. Since then the Scheme has progressed through the Committee system, via Executive and Council. The revised Draft Scheme is attached at Annexe 1. The Executive queried the resource implications and this point has now been met in a separate report that was agreed at the Council on 14th December 2004. The Executive has now formally requested the views of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

3. The Draft Local Development Scheme has now been sent to GOSE for comment. Any response received from GOSE before the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be reported to the meeting orally.

4. The intention is to submit a revised version of the Scheme to the Executive on 7th February 2005 and to Council on 22nd February 2005. The Scheme will then be formally submitted to GOSE before the March 2005 deadline.

The Core Strategy :Issues and Options

5. The Core Strategy is the first in a series of Development Plan Documents to be produced as part of the Local Development Framework. The document at Annexe 2 is the first stage and is called The Core Strategy Issues and Options. It includes a spatial vision, spatial objectives, a spatial strategy and a number of issues. There are also several options for people to think about. These options are broadly based and are only intended to generate comment. The Document will be used to obtain comment from the community on what they think is important, and what are the important issues and options. The consultation period is scheduled for February and March. The second stage comes later, when draft policies are drawn up, and again the community will be asked to comment. (The details of the consultation process are set out in the Statement of Community Involvement).

6. Accompanying the consultation Core Strategy Issues and Options is an “Outline of a Scoping Report for the Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal”. This is a Technical Document which has to be produced to comply with the Regulations on Sustainability and on Strategic Environment Assessment.

Conclusion

The Local Development Scheme has to be submitted to GOSE by March 2005, and it should be possible to comply with this deadline. The Core Strategy Document will start the process of consulting the community on the broad issues and options, and means that the procedure will be well underway, once the committee procedure is completed.

Recommendation

It is recommended that this Committee notes the report and agrees any observations to be forwarded to the Executive
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Background Papers (DoPD)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Geraldine Molony Telephone: 01483 523296 Email: gmolony@waverley.gov.uk

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