When drafting a new Local Plan, the council has to follow a set procedure created by national government. Creating a new Local Plan Document includes several stages of work, evidence collection, and consultations.
Purpose: to inform Members about the representations received during the consultation on the Issues and Options document from January to March 2017. It also includes the proposed high level responses to representations.
Recommendation(s) - that Committee is requested to resolve:
Purpose: To agree Issues and Options for the review of Slough’s Local Plan which would be the subject of public consultation.
This Council consulted on the proposals submitted in the Call for Sites consultation. There was a positive response, the consultation document is in several sections below due to its size. In order to encourage responses the Council did not include any policy or intrinsic interpretation or evaluation of the proposals submitted.
The Council held a 'Call for sites' to gather information about sites suitable for residential, employment, retail, open space or community use that can help deliver the policies of the new Local Plan. Over 130 proposals were put forward from the public, developers, landowners or other organisations.
The Council is required to notify ‘specified bodies and persons’ of the subject of the new Plan and invite representations about what it ought to contain. The required details for this are set out in the Regulation 18 Consultation letter below. Comments on the proposed scope and content of the Local Plan DPD were reported to Planning Committee in April 2016
There is a legal requirement for Councils to engage constructively, actively and on an on-going basis both with regard to the evidence base and in the formulation of the new Local Plan. It is important to support neighbouring authorites to do the same and the Council follows this through regular Officer and Member contact. However to ensure Slough complies with this the Council consulted on a draft Scoping Statement in October 2015 with its ‘Duty to Co-operate’ partners. That identified the strategic cross boundary matters that are likely to arise, and an initial list of those parties the Council considered should be involved.