Maidstone Draft Local Plan Public Consultation includes technical questions.
Hollingbourne Parish Council has received comments that the Maidstone Borough Council Draft Consultation Questionnaire includes questions that only experts with specialised knowledge could possibly answer. These include deciding whether the Plan is “legally compliant” and whether MBC have satisfied the “Duty to Cooperate”. Comments are required by 18th March and can be sent to email@example.com .
Maidstone Borough Council has produced this local plan to guide the future development of the borough. Various previous iterations have been the subject of public consultation and the council is now satisfied that it has a sound plan and wishes to submit this version to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government after the close of this consultation.
The Local Plan will then be examined by an independent Inspector whose role is to assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is sound. A local planning authority should submit a plan for examination which it considers is “sound” – namely that it is:
? Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
? Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
? Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
? Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework.
This consultation seeks views on legal compliance, compliance with the Duty to Cooperate, and the four tests of soundness. Consideration should be given to the advice on making a representation attached to this consultation.
The council is also seeking to understand at this stage whether representors wish to take part in the independent examination of the plan.
Do you consider that the Local Plan is legally compliant?
Please give reasons for your answer to Question 1.
Do you consider the Local Plan is compliant with the Duty to Cooperate?
Please give reasons for your answer to Question 2.
In your opinion, is the Local Plan positively prepared?
Please give reasons for your answer to Question 3.
In your opinion, is the Local Plan justified?
Please give reasons for your answer to Question 4.
In your opinion, is the Local Plan effective?
Please give reasons for your answer for Question 5.
In your opinion, is the Local Plan consistent with national policy?
Please give reasons for your answer to Question 6.
Modifications to the Local Plan.
Please note that:
• Any non-compliance with the Duty to Co-operate is incapable of modification at examination.
• You will need to say why your modification will make the Local Plan legally compliant or sound. It will be helpful if you are able to put forward your suggested revised wording of any policy or text. Please be as precise as possible.
• Your representation should cover all the information, evidence and supporting information necessary to support/justify the representation and the suggested modification, as there will not normally be a subsequent opportunity to make further representation based on the original representation at publication stage.
• After this stage, further submissions will be only at the request of the Inspector, based on the matters and issues she/he identifies for examination..
Please set out what modification(s) you consider necessary to make the Local Plan legally compliant or sound.
Would you like to take part in the Independent Examination?
Please note that written and oral representations carry the same weight and will be given equal consideration by the Inspector.
The Inspector will determine the most appropriate procedure to adopt to hear those who have indicated that they wish to participate.
If your representation is seeking a modification to the Local Plan, do you consider it necessary to speak at the Independent Examination?
If you have answered ‘Yes’ to Question 7, above, please outline why you consider this to be necessay.
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