What is the partial review of the local plan?
We've committed to undertaking a partial review of the local plan. The purpose of this review is to update those elements of the plan that it considers necessary, and to ensure that we can respond flexibly to changing circumstances in line with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
The review will include, but is not necessarily limited to, consideration of housing requirements (including objectively assessed need), employment land requirements, the distribution of development and a review of green belt boundaries, as part of the consideration of strategic options to deliver new development. The plan period for the partial review will likely be 2016 to 2036.
The specific timescales for the partial review of the local plan are documented within the local development scheme (LDS).
A partial review of the local plan is consistent with the NPPF, which specifies in paragraph 153 that the local plan can be reviewed “in whole or in part to respond flexibly to changing circumstances".
Issues and Strategic Options Consultation
To inform the review, Shropshire Council undertook an eight week Issues and Strategic Options consultation, which started on the 23 January 2017. This consultation sought views from all parties on the key issues and strategic options for the Local Plan Review; it covered the following strategic options:
- Housing requirement
- Strategic distribution of future growth
- Strategies for employment growth
- Delivering development in rural settlements
During this issues and strategic options consultation, a total of 412 respondents commented. Respondents included individuals; businesses; landowners; Town and Parish Councils; representatives of the development industry; organisations; neighbouring Authorities; and statutory consultees.
A summary of these consultation responses is available to download. These responses will be used to inform the preparation of ‘Preferred Options’ for the Local Plan Review.
Next Stages of Consultation
Shropshire Council is proposing further stages of targeted consultation on ‘Preferred Options’ over the next 12 months. Further information on these targeted consultations will be provided on the Shropshire Council website as and when available.
As part of the partial review of the local plan, aspects of the evidence base will also be reviewed. New evidence base documents will be listed below as and when they are completed:
Sustainability appraisal (SA) is a statutory process that assesses the effects of plans and strategies against a range of economic, social and environmental considerations. Carrying out an SA allows us to:
- Consider how a plan contributes to improvements in environmental, social and economic conditions
- Identify any significant adverse effects that a plan might have
- Amend proposals in a plan to avoid any significant adverse effects
- Propose mitigation measures to counter any remaining significant adverse effects
In this way, SA can help make sure that a plan’s proposals are the most appropriate given the reasonable alternatives.
The first stage in SA is the preparation of a draft scoping report for consultation. We then consider any representations before preparing a final SA scoping report. The methodology set out in this is then used for the SA of all local plan documents.
- SA Scoping Report Consultation Draft
- SA Scoping Report Consultation Draft Summary of Representations
- SA Scoping Report
The Issues and Strategic Options document, which represented the first stage of consultation on our Local Plan Review, has been subject to Sustainability Appraisal in line with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004. A summary and the full report of this appraisal is available to download below:
- Sustainability Appraisal Summary - Issues and Strategic Options
- Sustainability Appraisal Report - Issues and Strategic Options
Habitats regulations assessment
The purpose of a habitats regulations assessment (HRA) is to ensure that the proposals from any plan or project, or the cumulative effect of a number of plans or projects, won't adversely affect the integrity of internationally designated wildlife sites. It's a legal requirement for local authorities to prepare an HRA for plans and projects that have the potential to impact on habitats of European importance.
An HRA will be carried out for each stage of the Local Plan Review. Each HRA report can be found with the relevant local plan documents.
The Issues and Strategic Options document, which represented the first stage of consultation on our Local Plan Review, has been screened under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended) and an HRA Initial Screening Report and a summary of this report are available to download below:
- Habitats Regulations Appraisal Report – Issues and Strategic Options
- Habitats Regulations Appraisal Summary - Issues and Strategic Options
Equality and Social Inclusion Impact Assessment
Equality and Social Inclusion Impact Assessment (ESIIA) approach helps to identify whether or not any new or significant changes to services, including policies, procedures, functions or projects, may have an adverse impact on a particular group of people, and whether the human rights of individuals may be affected. This assessment encompasses consideration of social inclusion.
The Issues and Strategic Options document, which represented the first stage of consultation on our Local Plan Review, has been subject to Equality and Social Inclusion Impact Assessment. This assessment is available to download below: