The Cabinet had before it a *report of the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration requesting the Cabinet to approve a revised timetable (Local Development Scheme) for the preparation of the Mid Devon Local Plan Review and the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.
The Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration outlined the contents of the report stating that Local Planning Authorities were required to prepare and keep up to date a development plan for their area. It was important that the development plan was kept up to date to ensure that it reflected recent changes in the planning system, the Council’s current corporate objectives and provided a sound basis for decision making. Therefore a project plan needed to be put in place to ensure that the review was completed efficiently. The purpose of the report was to present a revised version of the LDS which took account of the adjournment of examination hearings for the Mid Devon Local Plan Review that was scheduled to commence in September 2017, and additional time required for the preparation of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan to reach the Draft Plan Consultation Stage. He explained that work on the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan was in conjunction with 3 other local planning authorities and outlined the work that had taken place to date, the timetable for consultation, publication and proposed submissions and that the plan would require approval by each authority.
Consideration was given to:
· How the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan could supersede our own Local Plan
· The timetable for the Strategic Plan with the District elections in May 2019
· The timetable for the Local Plan Review which was now in the hands of the Inspector
RESOLVED that the new Local Development Scheme (LDS) which will have effect from 18th May 2018 be approved and published on the Council’s website.
(Proposed by Cllr R J Chesterton and seconded by Cllr C R Slade).
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.