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Plymouth Core Strategy found to be sound.
Douglas Machin, the Inspector appointed to examine the soundness of the Submitted Plymouth Core Strategy, reported back to the Council on 3 April stating that it was sound with agreed changes.
The Inspector in his report indicates that the amendments reflect all the changes the Council needs to make, including the minor consequential changes and editing of the submitted DPD that the Council wishes to make. He stated "Having considered all those latter changes, I am content to endorse them and recommend that they be made because they do not materially alter the substance of the Core Strategy. Although they have not been subject to public consultation, I am satisfied that they can be made without prejudice to the statutory process the Council is required to follow in order to adopt the Core Strategy."
Machin goes on to say "My overall conclusion is that the Core Strategy is founded on a substantial evidence base and it is sound provided the changes I recommend are made. With these changes, the Core Strategy will provide a good framework for the subsequent Area Action Plans that together will allow the City to achieve its Vision. None of the changes require that the Strategy be subject to a further Sustainability Appraisal. There is nothing in this report that prevents the Core Strategy being adopted as soon as the Council wishes."
The Inspectors letter and report can be downloaded from the Plymouth City website - click here.
Spatial Plans in Practice
The DCLG funded Spatial Planning in Practice project held a workshop in Plymouth in March to find out the views of representatives of a range of sectors of the community. PAS has published a learning note of outcomes from this workshop. The main points raised were:
§ Organisations do see benefits of being involved in LDFs, but there is a need to identify and understand their motivation for this
§ Involvement should be through engagement rather than consultation
§ LPAs need to be more sophisticated when engaging with stakeholder organisations, show more sensitivity to possible barriers and think about ways in which they can make engagement easier.
§ There are constraints to stakeholder involvement - resources, organisational structures and a lack of time are significant barriers.
For more on the project, and to download a copy of the workshop findings, visit the PAS website or click here.
Spatial Plans in Practice - Lessons Report Two: Using Evidence in Spatial Planning. This guidance documents provides the findings from various case study areas focusing on the collection and use of evidence. To access the DCLG report click here.