After more than 17 years in the making – and debating – Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has adopted its Local Plan. The document will inform planning decisions until 2033 and is the first local plan with site allocations for the district since 1998.
After more than 17 years in the making – and debating – Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has adopted its Local Plan.
The document will inform planning decisions until 2033 and is the first local plan with site allocations for the district since 1998.
A special Council Assembly, held virtually on Wednesday, September 9, agreed to adopt the plan with modifications from the planning inspector, to avoid Government intervention.
The site allocations in the plan remain largely the same for Cheadle with the planning inspector making no modifications to the plan for the area.
Cabinet member for Planning, Development and Property, Cllr Edwin Wain told the meeting before the vote: “By adopting the local plan, the council will demonstrate a five year housing land supply and agree to a positive plan to support the housing and economic growth requirements of the district, have a greater ability to manage development in accordance with its own agreed policy framework and priorities, provide local communities, landowners and developers with greater certainty over development opportunities which will help the district to attract the investment it needs to thrive and reduce the risk of potential future sanctions by Government which has introduced powers to intervene in areas without an up to date Local Plan.”
Leaders of the main parties at SMDC all thanked officers and members for their work and gave indications that the plan would finally be approved. A named vote was held and members agreed to adopt the local plan, which will run until 2033.
After the vote, Cllr Wain added: “After many years, five public consultations, consideration of thousands of public responses, extensive evidence gathering, two rounds of examination hearing sessions and scrutiny by an independent inspector, the council now has a plan that we can choose to adopt.
“This will be the first Local Plan with site allocations in the district since 1998. In June 2018 the council agreed to submit a local plan to the planning inspector that he considered to be sound, subject to the council agreeing to all his modifications. The inspector now also considers the plan to provide a sound basis for guiding development in the district up to the year 2033.”
Leader of SMDC, Cllr Sybil Ralphs said: “I think we’re sitting here tonight thinking thank goodness there’s a blueprint in place now.
“I don’t think any other document has had the level of consultation that this local plan has had.”
For further information and to read the full reports pack from the SMDC Council Assembly, go online tohttps://democracy.highpeak.gov.uk/documents/g1755/Public%20reports%20pack%2009th-Sep-2020%2018.30%20Council%20Assembly.pdf?T=10
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