Many of you may have seen the Joint Local Plan on the news last night. I wanted to let you know the arrangements that we are putting together to promote the Joint Local Plan consultation and to help you send your responses to the inspector from 15th March.
We are putting together a number of engagement events, a day time and evening event in each of the 6 main towns and further events in the neighbourhood centres and the fringe areas.
We will be booking in these events in the next two weeks. As soon as these are confirmed we will let you know and we will then begin promoting them locally so that residents know when their local event is.
At each event a Strategic Planner will be present alongside a Locality Officer. The public will be able to see maps relating to their area and be given advice on how to construct their comments to the inspector.
This is the big difference between this consultation and previous ones, the comments should be made to the Inspector not the councils. This is because this consultation is a highly statutory and regulatory process and while previously the three councils were looking for comments on all aspects of the Plan, the planning inspector will specifically be looking for comments on Soundness and Legal Requirements.
We will prepare some guidance to explain what this means in Plain English. In the meantime, here are some FAQ’s (below) which we will also present in a clear way for the public for the events.
Briefing note on the Regulation 19 consultation of the JLP
1. What is this consultation about?
This consultation is the final public consultation on the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan before we submit the Plan to the planning inspector for examination.
2. How long does this consultation last for?
This public consultation runs for 6 weeks from 15th March to midnight 26 April 2017. Please note: We will not accept any comments made after this time.
3. How can people make comments?
The best way for the public to make comments will be through our consultation portal (available through each local authority website).
We will also accept comment via e-mail or post but our preferred option is through the consultation portal as this cuts down officer time and cost.
This consultation is a highly statutory and regulated process which must be done for all local plans throughout the country:
• It is a requirement of the Local Plan process that comments can only be deemed legitimate (“duly made”) if they are received in a written format with a name and address supplied. Comments made verbally or anonymously cannot be accepted. It is also important to appreciate that the Council is obliged to make all duly-made representations available for public inspection on its website.
This means we will not be able to accept anonymous comments and all comments must have a valid postal address attached to it.
4. What makes this consultation different?
As mentioned, this consultation is a highly statutory and regulatory process and while previously the three councils were looking for comments on all aspects of the Plan, the planning inspector will specifically be looking for comments on Soundness and Legal Requirements.
All comments made should be clearly written and set out clearly the specific part of the plan they object to and the specific change they want to see to overcome their concern – plus any evidence they want the inspector to see to support their case.
5. What support is available?
Due to the complexity of this process, a frequently asked question document has been produced and Officers will also be on hand at the consultation events to answer any questions.
6. What happens next?
At the end of the consultation a summary/response report will be written and minor amendments to the Plan. The Plan will be submitted to the Planning Inspector in Summer 2017 for an Autumn 2017 public examination.
All details of the examination process will be published and advertised when details become available so if anyone wants to attend they can.
If you want to speak at the public examination, this will be at the discretion of the Planning Inspector.
If you have any questions please do contact Lesley @ firstname.lastname@example.org