The Head of Planning stated that in May 2016, the Executive approved the review of the Middlesbrough Local Plan. The Local Plan Issues Paper was the first stage in the review process. The purpose of the paper was to set out questions to gather views from stakeholders, key partners and the wider Middlesbrough community.
The Local Plan Issues Paper covered high-level issues that the Local Plan should be seeking to address such as setting the strategy, population and housing, economic growth, the town centre, infrastructure, green infrastructure and the historic environment. The paper also took into account national planning and policy and other Middlesbrough based policy documents, including the Mayors Vision for Middlesbrough.
The consultation would be undertaken in accordance with the Statement of Community Involvement and the outcomes would inform preparation of the preferred options, namely the next stage in the process.
Option 1 - Prepare a Local Plan Issues Paper
Preparation and consultation of the Local Plan Issues Paper was required by Regulation 18 of the Local Plan regulations. Preparation of the Local Plan Issues Paper would ensure that the Local Plan preparation complied with these regulations.
Option 2 - Do not prepare a Local Plan Issues Paper
If preparation and consultation of the Local Plan Issues Paper did not take place, the Local Plan process would not comply with the Local Plan regulations. Failure to prepare the Local Plan Issues Paper could result in the Local Plan being found unsound at examination, therefore, delaying the adoption of the Local Plan. If the Local Plan were found to be unsound, it would be required to go out to consultation again and that would have financial implications.
That the Local Plan Issues Paper be approved for consultation.
The decision was supported by the following reason:
The Local Plan was one of the Councils key policy documents and it was important in the delivery of housing, economic growth and infrastructure. Approval of the Local Plan Issues Paper allowed progress to be made on the review of the Local Plan.