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Planning Policy News January 2013

South Worcestershire: The South Worcestershire Development Plan – The Draft Submission Document is currently available for comment. This is a joint document prepared by Malvern Hills Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon Council and will allocate land and set out strategic and detailed policies for development in the area. The deadline for submitting comments is Friday 22 February 2013. 


Cheltenham Borough Council: has released its 2012 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment which is a study of sites considered to be potentially capable of delivering housing development over the next 15 years and beyond.


South Hams District Council: adopted its Masterplans and Development Briefs Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on 6 December 2012. The SPD sets out the framework for the Council when considering the approval of any submitted Masterplan or Development Brief.  


Newport City Council: has resolved to prepare a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule by April 2014. The first stage is to produce an Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP). The IDP aims to capture the infrastructure needs of the Council for the short, medium and longer term and provide a central source of knowledge for future infrastructure investment. In order to inform this process, the Council is currently accepting submissions of infrastructure requirements. The deadline for submissions is Friday 25 January 2013.


Salford City Council: is intending to prepare an Education Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).  This will set out the approach for raising financial contributions via planning obligations where a housing development will generate a requirement for pupil places that cannot be met by existing schools. The contribution will be directed to funding the capital works associated with the creation of additional school places within the vicinity of the development. In order to inform the preparation of a draft version of the SPD, the City Council is seeking the views of stakeholders and consultees on the scope and principles of the proposed approach. The deadline for submitting comments is Friday 25 January 2013.


Information requirements for planning applications set to change

An Order amending the rules on the information which must be submitted with an English planning application will come into force on 31 January.  This Order removes existing national requirements for information on layout and scale to be provided with outline applications where these are reserved matters to be determined at a later date.


Current rules require applications in which the layout is a reserved matter to state the approximate location of buildings, routes and open spaces. Where the scale is a reserved matter, the application must state the upper and lower limit for the height, width and length of each building.


The Order also makes it clear that a local planning authority’s ‘local list’ of information requirements for planning applications will only apply to a specific application if the list has been published within two years prior to the date of the planning application.

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