A key document within the East Riding Local Plan has move a step closer to being adopted after East Riding Council received the report from the independent planning inspector.
The report on the Plan’s Strategy Document sets out the recommendations by the inspector, Simon Berkeley, relating to responses/comments made to him and the various matters debated at hearing sessions held in October and November 2014. The Strategy Document sits at the heart of the Local Plan and includes policies on how growth and development will be managed in the East Riding to 2029.
The inspector’s report confirms that plan preparation has complied with the ‘Duty to Cooperate’ criteria and the inspector is satisfied that, subject to a number of main modifications, the plan is sound and legally compliant.
John Skidmore, director of corporate strategy and commissioning at East Riding Council, said: “The council welcomes the news that the East Riding Local Plan Strategy Document has been found legally sound by the independent planning inspector.
“The council will now report to Cabinet and to Full Council, with a view to adopting the plan.
“Once adopted, the plan will become part of the statutory development plan for the area against which planning applications will be determined.”
Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment at East Riding Council, said: “This is a significant milestone that has been reached in preparing the East Riding Local Plan.
“A great amount of forward planning and consultation has been undertaken by this authority over a number of years to get to this point and the council is pleased with the fundamentally supportive outcome of the inspector’s report.
“Subject to main modifications being made and approvals received by the Cabinet and Full Council, the council is expected to adopt the plan.”
The East Riding Local Plan will set planning policy and will help guide investment decisions in the East Riding up to 2029. It establishes how much development will take place in the East Riding and where this will be provided. In particular, it identifies land for new housing, employment, retail and transport related development.
The council is still awaiting the corresponding report on the East Riding Local Plan Allocations Document, which is anticipated later in the spring.