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Paper 8 - 28 January 2000 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

28 January 2000

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY STRUCTURE PLAN 1996-2011 (REVIEW): PROPOSED FURTHER MODIFICATIONS - RESPONSE TO CONSULTATION

Report by the County Planning Officer

RECOMMENDATION

That the report be noted.

SUMMARY

On 6 January the Hampshire Strategic Planning Joint Advisory Panel (JAP) considered the comments made on the further proposed modifications to the Hampshire County Structure Plan 1996-2011 (Review). The JAP is now recommending that Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council formally adopt the Review Plan subject to two further changes which it considers can be made without the need for a further round of consultation. The three Structure Plan Authorities will have considered the JAP recommendations by 28 January and an oral update will be provided.

BACKGROUND

1. Proposed further modifications to the Review Plan were published on 22 October 1999. Since then some 1,800 individual responses have been received and just under 2,100 separate comments made. The majority object to Policy H4, the policy which proposes the distribution of the 'up to 14,000' additional housing provision.

2. If the three Structure Plan Authorities agree to the recommendations from the JAP then a notice of intention to adopt the Hampshire County Structure Plan 1996-2011 (Review) will be published as soon as practicable after the date that the last of the Councils agree to adoption. The notice will establish a 28 day period at the end of which the Review Plan will be formally adopted. The Review Plan then becomes the statutory development plan for Hampshire, including the two cities.

COMMENTS

3. The Secretary of State for the Environment's acceptance of the principle of the base-line plus addition approach is a notable success. Persuading him that this approach is a workable solution to the new 'plan, monitor and manage' approach is a major achievement. The minor change in the wording of Policy H4 which he has suggested reinforces the contingent nature of the additional allocations and the need to apply a sequential test before any greenfields are released.

3. The consultation process has provided the opportunity for communities to comment on housing policies designed to strike a balance between existing and emerging regional planning strategies. Although the Plan period extends from 1996 up to 2011 the process will not end then. Strategic planning authorities have committed themselves to reviewing existing structure plans within 30 months of revised regional planning guidance being published. This process of review will provide the opportunity not only to reflect the new regional planning guidance (expected in spring 2000), but also enable existing proposals - including the distribution in Policy H4 - to be fine-tuned in the light of detailed local planning studies which are beyond the scope of a structure plan.

TIM GREENWOOD County Planning Officer

Date: 17 January 2000
Annex: 0
Contact: Roger Lawes - (01962) 846800 Email - planrl@hants.gov.uk

Last update: 25/09/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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