Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The purpose of
this report will be to inform Cabinet Members of the consultation
on the Carlisle Local Plan 2015-2030 and to seek their endorsement
of a County Council response to be sent to Carlisle City
The Local Plan will have an important role in identifying land use principles, development sites and in providing a framework for the determination of planning applications by Carlisle City Council.
Cabinet considered a report of the Corporate Director – Environment in relation to the consultation on the Carlisle District Council Local Plan Proposed Submission Draft (Regulation 19 Consultation).
The development of the Local Plan was at an advanced stage and following this consultation, Carlisle City Council would submit the Local Plan and its supporting evidence base (including an Infrastructure Delivery Plan) to the Secretary of State, who would decide if it can be adopted. When adopted the Local Plan would identify key development sites and the policies to be used to determine planning applications up to 2030.
Members were asked to consider the strategic response outlined in the report and agree that the full technical response as set out in Appendices A to C and the Local Member Comments in Appendix D can be submitted to Carlisle City Council.
The Council had sought to be actively involved in the development of the Local Plan. This engagement had helped to positively shape its content in line with the matters relevant to the County Council. Therefore, from the Council’s perspective, the Plan should be welcomed because it:
§ broadly met with the Council’s overall vision and priorities;
§ gives significant weight to the delivery of necessary infrastructure to support the delivery of the plan and the proposed urban extension to the south of the City;
§ promotes a policy approach that should support the sustainable development of the City Centre; and
§ will help to deliver housing and employment development within Carlisle to support economic growth;
Notwithstanding the positive aspects of the Local Plan there was a need for a number of minor amendments to the Local Plan and its supporting evidence base. In particular Cabinet were recommended that the policy needed to be more :
§ robust in ensuring early development does not prejudice the detailed planning of the Carlisle South urban extension; and
§ explicit about the range of infrastructure that planning obligations may be used to secure.
In addition to this, it was recommended that Carlisle City Council incorporated the latest education information as part of an update to the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP). The City Council should also undertake further testing of the feasibility of a Community Infrastructure Levy as means of supporting delivery of the Local Plan.
Cabinet were pleased to note that their earlier concerns eg. Retail drift northwards and the potential for a CiL had been addressed or incorporated as part of the response.
RESOLVED,that the strategic response outlined in the report be endorsed and the technical responses contained in Appendices A, B and C be agreed and Local Member feedback contained in Appendix D are submitted to Carlisle City Council to assist ongoing development of the Local Plan.
PART 2 ITEMS CONSIDERED IN THE ABSENCE OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC
Report author: Michael Barry
Publication date: 21/06/2015
Date of decision: 04/06/2015
Decided at meeting: 04/06/2015 - Cabinet
Effective from: 17/06/2015