Inspectorate to cover Local Plan approach to JBO zone

LoveGoostrey notes that the ‘updated Schedule of Matters and Issues’ in the examination of the Local Plan includes JBO in the items to be discussed :-

 “Jodrell Bank (Policy SE14)

a. Is the approach to new development within the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope Consultation Zone appropriate, justified, effective, clearly set out, soundly based and consistent with national policy and the relevant Direction, and does the policy give sufficient recognition to the scientific and historical importance of this facility?”     PS A002a Updated Schedule of Matters and Issues

Also in the ‘Planning Hearing meeting notes’,  the Planning Inspector’s key closing comments are as follows:-

“the Inspector explained that, by law, he is required to examine the soundness of this Local Plan, but emphasised that this is the Council’s plan, and he has no wish to rewrite the plan or impose his views on the Council. He intends to adopt a positive, pro-active, consensual and pragmatic approach to the examination, with the aim of ensuring a positive outcome. If the Council wish him to consider changes to the Plan, he will ask them to put forward suitable wording, hopefully agreed with other participants, as part of a process of facilitating consensus between the participants. He expects all participants to adopt a similarly positive, co-operative and consensual approach, with a willingness to discuss reasonable changes to the Plan which can be agreed by all parties.

He said that this was a major Local Plan which covered a large area with some important issues which need to be addressed. Government Ministers have said that the Planning Inspectorate has a crucial role in ensuring that sound local plans are in place across the country, and the NPPF emphasises the importance of producing up-to-date local plans. He confirmed that the ideal outcome of the examination process is to produce a sound plan that can be adopted.”

http://cheshireeast-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/cs/sub1

PS A009 PHM Notes

 

2 thoughts on “Inspectorate to cover Local Plan approach to JBO zone

  1. Given the following:

    “the Inspector explained that, by law, he is required to examine the soundness of this Local Plan, but emphasised that this is the Council’s plan, and he has no wish to rewrite the plan or impose his views on the Council.”

    then surely the sole fact that Cheshire East has submitted their plan is the over-riding factor in ensuring that any Appeal is rejected?

    I know the Government’s planning policy moves in mysterious ways but they cannot have it both ways …….. but they probably will!

  2. Yes, this should be the overriding consideration at appeal. However the question still remains regarding the 5 year housing supply, which appears to be open to debate with no real guidance on how it should be calculated. Cheshire East believe they currently have a 5 year housing supply. We should see a revised SHLAA document soon which will reduce the number of sites in CE to a total of approx 27,000 housing units( from around 50,000) before the public inquiry starts in September, which I would have thought will remove the sites with significant planning constraints and will help inform Cheshire East on the sites which are actually deliverable within the borough. This updated SHLAA will be used to inform an updated 5 year housing supply.

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