The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and communities submitted a report giving an update of minor amendments made to the draft Middlesbrough Urban Design Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), following receipt of representations in respect of a six weeks public consultation, and to outline the adoption stage of the process.
The Middlesbrough Urban Design SPD had been produced to provide guidance for all development across the town. The document set out the design standards the Council required to ensure improvements to the quality of development continued, whilst also promoting innovation and creativity. The intention of the SPD was not to deter development or investment in the town, but to encourage and help all parties from householders to large-scale developers to achieve a higher standard of design in their planning proposals.
The SPD would form part of the package of Middlesbroughs LDF documents. It would assist the Council in delivering national and local planning policy objectives in respect of design and sustainable development. The SPD had also been prepared in accordance with the Governments National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) design policies and associated Town and Country (Local Development) (England) Regulations.
As an SPD, the document would also be a material consideration in the planning system that provided guidance on the design of development and provided an additional basis for the determination of planning applications across Middlesbrough.
The report outlined in detail further information on the following:
Public consultation undertaken; and
The next stage, once approved and as the amendments had been minor the document could proceed in the process, which involved the adoption of the finalised SPD. This adoption stage enabled the SPD to become part of the suite of LDF documents, and a material consideration in the determination of planning applications within Middlesbrough.
Once the SPD had been adopted, the Council was required to issue an adoption notice to be placed in the local press and on the Councils website. Additionally, the newly adopted SPD would be placed in local libraries and the Civic Centre (reception area), with a copy of the adoption notice, along with a statement of consultation, a copy of the representations received, and the Councils response to those representations, for a minimum of six weeks.
After adoption of the SPD, any person who felt aggrieved by the SPD may apply to the High Court to seek a judicial review of the decision to adopt the SPD. This application had be made within 3 months after the day on which the SPD was adopted.
There was only one option discussed:
The Council had to prepare the LDF under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, and in accord with the National Planning Policy Framework. This legislation largely dictated the process and procedures for the preparation of Development Plans and associated planning documents.
That the Middlesbrough Urban Design Supplementary Planning Document, as part of the Councils suite of Local Development Framework (LDF) documents be adopted.
The decision was supported by the following reason:
To ensure that the SPD is a material planning consideration in the determination of planning applications within Middlesbrough.