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Report of the Member Working Group on Planning

Meeting: 13/12/2022 - Executive (Item 136)

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Report A Recommendations:

The Executive is asked to:

i.       Endorse the recommended approach of the LGR Planning Member Task and Finish Group relating to Planning Governance;

ii.      Consider the options on the proposed number of Planning Committees and indicate their view on the most appropriate way forward so that the necessary preparatory work can be undertaken to prior to the Vesting Day.


Report B Recommendations:

Executive is asked to support the following recommendations relating to Plan Making, and agree they be taken forward for decision by Full Council, i.e. that:

i)       A single local plan is prepared and progressed as far as possible within five years

ii)      Work on the new local plan should start as soon as possible

iii)     A separate Minerals and Waste Local Plan is prepared

iv)     The following plan reviews should be halted in order to focus resources on preparing a new Local Plan:

·           Craven Local Plan

·           Hambleton Local Plan

·           Harrogate District Local Plan

·           Richmondshire Local Plan  

·           Scarborough Borough Local Plan

v)      The following reviews should continue:

·           Harrogate: Maltkiln New Settlement DPD

·           The Ryedale Plan

·           Selby Local Plan

·           Minerals and Waste Joint Plan

vi)     An Interim LDS, including key milestones and programme management arrangements, is prepared on the basis of the above recommendations

vii)   A specific report is prepared setting out the required evidence base and associated costs/resource to support the preparation of the new plan

viii)  Formal governance arrangements should also be established to oversee plan making ahead of transformational change.



Additional documents:


Considered – A two-part report of the LGR Member Working Group on Planning:


Report A - seeking endorsement of a recommended approach to planning governance for North Yorkshire and the most appropriate way forward in relation to the number of Planning Committees required, so that the necessary preparatory work could be undertaken before vesting day.


Report B - seeking endorsement of a recommended approach to plan making for North Yorkshire, taking into consideration legal requirements, local context, an assessment of risks and benefits, and feedback from the Members Planning Task and Finish Group held on 3 October 2022


County Councillor Simon Myers introduced both reports and thanked the members of the Working Group for their diligence and officers for the support given. 


Specifically in regard to Report A, he noted the importance of having the Planning Committees set up and ready to go as of vesting day.  He drew attention to the modelling work that had been undertaken on the two options under consideration i.e. to have one Strategic Planning Committee and either three or six Area Planning Committees, and confirmed that both options would work.  Finally, he confirmed the preferred option of the Member Working Group was to have six Area Planning Committees based on the six MP Constituency areas, in line with the six Area Constituency Committees. 


It was noted

·          The number of applications received across the county had been considered as part of evaluating both proposed models;

·          The proposed scheme of delegation was an essential component, and attention was drawn to the triggers that would require a planning application to go to the Strategic Planning Committee, which included those more contentions applications and where an application covered more than one Area Planning Committee area;

·          The Area Planning Committees would need to have a degree of autonomy to ensure the decisions were made locally;


In regard to Report B, Linda Marfitt Head of Planning at Harrogate Borough Council confirmed a robust approach had been taken to the review involving all Planning Authorities across the county, which had led to an agreed position across all teams.


It was noted:

·          The proposal took account of the legal duties and national legislation etc, and was considered to be capable of delivering the new priorities and challenges of the new Authority;

·          A new Local Plan and Minerals & Waste Joint Plan had to be delivered within 5 years and the extensive resources and costs associated with delivering them within that time frame;

·          The willingness of officers to work hard to get as far down the road to delivery of the new Plans within that timeframe, and their eagerness to start that work as soon as possible;

·          Having the new Local Plan in place would enable the Authority to have consistency across some other required and linked policies and strategies e.g. affordable housing policy, and the protection of heritage and natural assets;

·          The new Local Plan could be made up of a series of Sub Plans covering specific areas of the county;

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