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The Council considered the report of the Director – Planning & Growth which sought approval for the publication of the Amended Allocations & Development Management Development Plan Document (DPD) for a period of public representation from week commencing 25 September 2023, as recommended by Cabinet at their meeting held on 19 September 2023.
The report advised that the Council had been conducting a review of its Development Plan, with the first element being the completion of the Amended Core Strategy in March 2019. The second element of the Development Plan, the Allocations & Development Management DPD had now been finalised and was ready for submission to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination.
The report detailed the four elements of the review together with information on the public consultations undertaken and responses received therefrom. In considering the responses received, a decision was taken at Cabinet in February 2023 to delay submission of the DPD to enable Officers and the Council’s flood risk consultants to address the concerns of the Environment Agency. Attached as Appendix 1 to the report was a table setting out the proposed amendments to the draft DPD. The proposed changes were considered and endorsed by the Planning Policy Board on 6 September 2023. Attached as Appendix 2 to the report was a Draft version of the Second Publication Amended Allocations & Development Management DPD which incorporated all of the changes as referred to in the report.
In considering the report Members were supportive of the proposals, referring to the importance of providing safe and affordable housing for the whole of the community.
AGREED (with 28 votes for, 1 against and 5 abstentions) that the Council:
a) approve that the proposals contained within Appendix 1; Appendix 2; and Appendix 3 to the report, form the basis of the Second Publication Amended Allocations & Development Management DPD and amended Policies Map; and
b) approve that the documents be published for a period of Public Representation, week commencing 25 September 2023.
In accordance with Council Procedure Rule No. 5.4, Councillor P. Taylor proposed and Councillor L. Brazier seconded, that a recorded vote be taken as follows: