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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 23/11/2004
Local Development Scheme



Summary & Purpose
The draft Local Development Scheme (LDS) was considered by this Committee on 13th September 2004. The views of this Committee were forwarded to the Executive on the 4th October 2004. For the reasons set out in the report the Executive deferred consideration and referred the matter back to the Local Development Framework Special Interest Group.

The Executive will consider the revised draft at its meeting on the 7th December and will be formally seeking the views of this Committee at the meeting on the 18th January. In order to meet the Government Office’s December target for submission, the Executive will also be seeking to forward a copy of the revised draft LDS for the informal views of the Government Office.

This short report seeks to bring Members up-to-date on the on-going work.

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
N/A
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive




E-Government implications:
There may be implications for e-government in the consultation processes.

Resource and Legal Implications
The resource and legal implications are set out in the report.

Background
1. The Council has to produce a Local Development Framework which has to:
be produced within a tight and very specific timetable;
conform with very specific requirements regarding content;
comply with very specific requirements regarding public consultation;
comply with very specific Sustainability Appraisal/Environmental Assessment requirements. 2. The Council has to submit a Local Development Scheme (LDS) to the Government Office by 28th March 2005. GOSE has, however, requested that the LDS be submitted before the end of December.

3. Officers have had continued discussions with the Government Office throughout the preparation of the draft Scheme. Contrary to earlier advice, the Government Office now advises that the Council should not be too ambitious, should draw back on its commitments and concentrate on the key tasks which include:

a. Statement of Community Involvement;
b. Core Strategy;
c. Housing Allocations including
i) Urban Capacity Study
ii) assessment of potential of redevelopment of industrial and commercial land;
iii) affordable housing
d. Sustainability Appraisals of each document;
e. Annual Monitoring Report

4. The Executive deferred consideration October in order that officers could give further consideration to:

the implications of the final version of the Regulations which had been published on the 28th September 2004 and the draft guidance on how to carry out Sustainability Appraisals which had also been published in September;
staffing and budgetary implications and demands on the service;
the changed circumstances regarding the Dunsfold Aerodrome Area Action Plan. 5. The LDS will be used to measure performance and to determine future levels of Planning Delivery Grant.

6. The Government Office has the right to reject an LDS if it considers it unachievable.

Revised Draft Local Development Scheme

7. The revised draft LDS will:

demonstrate how the Council will seek to achieve the Government’s minimum requirements within the timetable and within budget;
demonstrate how the Planning Policy Section, which will have the prime responsibility of producing the document, will carry out other tasks which should not be avoided if the Council’s other interests are not to be jeopardised;
identify areas where consultants can be used;
identify areas of joint working;
list priority areas of work which could be undertaken should resources become available through the Planning Delivery Grant.

Timetable for the Local Development Framework

8. The timetable is very tight. The Government requires that the key documents are finalised by September 2007. It order to achieve this Government target it is intended that the Core Strategy is to be considered at an Examination in the Spring of 2006 and the Housing Allocations Development Plan Document at an Examination in Spring 2007.

Timetable for the Local Development Scheme

9. The Executive will consider the revised draft at its meeting on the 7th December and will be formally seeking the views of this Committee at the meeting on the 18th January. The matter will be considered by the Executive again on the 7thFebruary prior to it being considered by Council on the 15th February and formally submitted to GOSE prior to the 28th March deadline.

10. In order to meet the Government Office’s December target for submission, the Executive will, on the 7th December, also be seeking to forward a copy of the revised draft LDS for the informal views of the Government Office.

Recommendation
That the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee notes the report
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Background Papers (DoPD)

Draft Planning Policy Statement 12 (Local Development Frameworks)
Draft T&CP (Local Development) England Regulations 2004
Draft T&CP (Transitional Arrangements) England Regulations 2004
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CONTACT OFFICERS:
Peter Hartley Telephone: 01483 - 523297
E-mail: phartley@waverley.gov.uk

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