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Crawley 2030 Examination

The Crawley Borough Local Plan was adopted by the Council on 16 December 2015. This page sets out information relating to issues that emerged in the lead up to, and during the course of, the examination.

Update 1 October 2015:

Additional Modifications

The Inspector has accepted the updates proposed in the Council’s Notes as Additional Modifications and will incorporate them in the modifications previously proposed to policies CH5 and ENV6 in his forthcoming report to the Council.

Consultation on Modification to Policy H4: Affordable Housing

A 4-week consultation on the councils proposed modification to Policy H4: Affordable Housing took place from 18 August to 18 September 2015, no responses were received.

Update 18 August 2015:

Note from the Inspector re. Affordable Housing PPG revision and further Main Modification

In response to the changes to the PPG in relation to the removal of the national thresholds for Affordable Housing, following the High Court Judgement. The council have proposed a modification to Policy H4: Affordable Housing which reverts to the original policy and removes the threshold.

The council have provided a note which sets out its position (CBC/061) with a newly modified Policy H4 (CBC/062) and an updated Viability Assessment (CBC/063).

If you wish to make comments on the revision to the PPG and/or on the council’s proposed modification to Policy H4, please submit your comments to the Programme Officer by 5pm on Friday 18 September 2015.

Email: Bank Solutions

Address: Banks Solutions - c/o 6 Brading Road, Brighton, BN2 3PD

Update 4 August 2015:

Representors Responses to the Inspectors Note on Wind Energy Development

Update 24 July 2015:

Crawley Borough Council Response to the Inspectors note on Wind Energy Development

Update 10 July:

ID-13 Inspectors Note on Windfarms

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government published a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) entitled ‘Local Planning’ on 18 June 2015, which sets out new considerations to be applied to proposed wind energy development.

Although the Inspector’s Note is primarily directed at the Council, any other party wishing to express an opinion on this matter should submit their comments to the Programme Officer by Friday 24 July 2015. The Programme Officer’s contact details are at the top of the page.

Update 24 June 2015:

Crawley Local Plan Examination Inspector’s Second Preliminary Findings – Main Modifications

Update 10 June 2015:

Further Proposed Modification to Policy IN1

Update 29 May 2015:

Crawley Local Plan Examination Inspectors Preliminary Findings

Update 27 May 2015:

Proposed Modification to Policy H1

Following discussions at the hearing session on Monday 18 May, the council have proposed a modification to Policy H1 which now includes the unmet housing need figure.

Update 13 May 2015:

Local Plan Hearing Session Monday 18 May

At the hearing session on Friday 27 March, the Inspector decided that there were significant shortcomings in the viability evidence produced by the council.

Following this, the council have produced a revised viability assessment which will be discussed at an additional hearing session on Monday 18 May in the Town Hall (Committee Rooms A & B) at 10:00am.

The session will focus on the issue of viability and the following questions will be discussed:-

3.11 Does the evidence on viability justify the policy H4 baseline figure of 40% affordable housing? Does the viability evidence have sufficient regard to the impact of future mandatory requirements and the cumulative costs of other CBLP policies?

3.13 Is the requirement for low cost housing in policy H4 consistent with national policy, having regard to its lack of clarity and reliance on a forthcoming

Supplementary Planning Document (which should contain advice, not policy)? Does the evidence on viability justify the provision of low cost housing, and how would “where viability allows” be assessed?

The Council states that “market incentives” could be construed as low cost market housing – if so, how in practice would implementation of the policy be achieved? Is it appropriate to seek such incentives through CBLP policy?

Statement of Common Ground between Crawley Borough Council and the Wilky Group in relation to Matter 4: Economy, Employment and Retail

Update 27 April 2015:

LP008c Crawley Viability Update (April 2015)

At the hearing session on Friday 27 March 2015, the Inspector decided that there were significant shortcomings in the viability evidence produced by the Council.

In response to this, the Council have prepared a revised viability assessment which will be discussed at an additional hearing session on Monday 18 May.

Supporting Documents

Representors Further Written Statements

Statement of Common Ground between Crawley Borough Council, Highways England and West Sussex County Council

This seeks to address the Inspector’s request at the hearing session on Friday 27 March in relation to the impact of the additional housing dwelling numbers in the Crawley Borough Local Plan on the strategic highways network.

Update 24 April 2015:

Further Modifications Proposed by the Council

Crawley Borough Council Written Statement on Homes for Older People

Update 22 April 2015:

Joint Statement between CBC, EA and WSCC

In response to the Planning Inspectors request, this document forms a joint written statement between Crawley Borough Council, the Environment Agency and West Sussex County Council on the Publication of Non-Statutory Technical Standards for Sustainable Drainage Systems by DEFRA, and changes to the Planning Practice Guidance in relation to Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems and the implications for the Crawley Local Plan Policy ENV8.

Update 1 April 2015:

Note from the Inspector

At the hearing session on Friday 27 March 2015, the Inspector decided that there were significant shortcomings in the viability evidence produced by the Council.  The Council will prepare a revision of its Viability Update (document LP008b) by Friday 24 April 2015; it will also submit any Further Proposed Modifications arising from the hearings by this date.   The hearings will resume for one further day, on Monday 18 May 2015 at 10.00 am at Crawley Borough Council Town Hall, to consider the implications of the new viability evidence.

On Wednesday 25 March 2015 the Department for Communities and Local Government issued a Written Ministerial Statement on a range of planning matters, some of which relate to topics discussed at the hearings: 

The Inspector will take the Ministerial Statement and the updates to PPG into account

in his report.  He invites all parties interested in these matters to submit brief written statements on the implications of the changes to the Programme Officer by 5pm on Friday 24 April 2015.

Please note that, in view of the adjournment until 18 May 2015 and the significant number of recent Ministerial announcements, the previously set deadline of 9 April 2015 for statements on matters outlined in the 23 and 26 March 2015 updates (see below) has been extended until 24 April 2015.

Update 30 March 2015

Update 26 March 2015

Further Modifications proposed by the Council arising from the Examination Hearing Session on Character and Environment (24 March 2015)

Northern West Sussex Authorities Position Statement - Updated March 2015

Further Information submitted by REP-079 Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

Note from the Inspector: Changes to Planning Practice Guidance on Flood Risk and Coastal Change and Water Supply, Waste Water and Water Quality

The Department for Communities and Local Government has modified the Planning Practice Guidance sections on “Flood Risk and Coastal Change” and “Water Supply, Waste Water and Water Quality”. 

Further the, DEFRA has published Non-Statutory Technical Standards for Sustainable Drainage Systems:

The Inspector will take this updated guidance into account when writing his report, and invites all parties interested in this matter to submit brief written statements on the implications of the modifications to PPG, and the Non-Statutory Technical Standards for Sustainable Drainage Systems to the Programme Officer by 5pm on Thursday 9 April.

Update 23 March 2015:

Note from the Inspector - 1:

The Department for Communities and Local Government has modified the Planning Practice Guidance sections on “Housing and economic development needs assessments”, “Housing and economic land availability assessment” and “Local Plans” in relation to housing for older people. 

The Inspector will take this updated guidance into account when writing his report.  It may have particular relevance to the Council’s approach to the ‘omission’ housing site at Oakhurst Grange Nursing Home which was discussed on Wednesday 18 March (agenda item 3.7(h)). 

Ideally, the Inspector would like to discuss the implication of the new guidance as an additional Agenda item on Friday 27 March, though this will only be feasible if both the Council and the main interested party, BUPA Care Services, can be present.  The Inspector acknowledges the short timescale involved and appreciates that discussion at the hearings may not be possible.  In any event, he invites all parties interested in this matter to submit brief written statements on the implications of the modifications to PPG to the Programme Officer by 5pm on Thursday 9 April.  

Note from the Inspector - 2:

Further Statement from the Highways Agency on Matter 6 issue 6.3 Transport Modelling

Further Information requested by the Inspector

Further modifications proposed by the Council

In response to the discussions which took place during week 1 of the examination hearings, the council have proposed a number of further modifications to the Local Plan.

Update 20 March 2015:

Inspectors Updated Programme Week 2:

Crawley Borough Council Additional Information requested by the Inspector on Matter 3 Issue 1 Market Signals

Update 17 March 2015:

Gatwick Airport Further Written Statement

Gatwick Airport have re-issued their Matter 5 Issue 2 statement so that it is easier to follow. The content remains the same.

Update 13 March 2015:

Inspectors Detailed Agenda Week 1:

New Evidence Base Documents

Crawley Borough Councils Responses to the Inspectors Additional Questions

Update:

Note from Inspector 6 March 2015

The council and the Inspector have received a late representation which concerns parking at Gatwick Airport.  The council considers that the representation does not comply with statutory regulations and has not accepted it; the Inspector agrees.  However, the representation does raise one matter which the Inspector had not previously appreciated, as it was not the subject of objection.  This is the change in approach to off-airport parking between 2000 Local Plan Policy GAT 8 and proposed CBLP Policy GAT3.

The Inspector has the discretion to invite anyone to appear at the examination hearings if he considers it necessary to enable the soundness of the Local Plan to be determined.  On this basis he has decided to hear evidence on the above matter.  To ensure that all interested parties have an understanding of the issues involved in advance of the hearings, and to focus the discussion, the Inspector has inserted an additional Question into the “Matters, Issues and Questions” document issued on 20 January, as follows:

Matter 4  Issue 3

4.14(a) - Is the provision of policy GAT3 which restricts additional or replacement airport-related parking to within the airport boundary justified and consistent with NPPF?

Given the very limited time before the hearings, the Inspector invites anyone with an interest in this matter, who is a registered representor to the Plan (i.e. made comments during the consultation period to the submission version), to submit a brief statement (no more than two sides of A4) summarising their response to this question to the PO by 4pm on Friday 13 March. 

Update 5 March 2015:

Statement of Common Ground with Gatwick Airport

Update 3 March 2015:

Note from the Inspector

Please be aware that the Inspector has issued the following note ahead of the Crawley Borough Local Plan Examination hearing sessions, in light of the publication of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s 2012-Based Household Projections:

Update February 2015:

Updated Evidence Documents

The following evidence documents have been published ahead of the Crawley Borough Local Plan Examination Hearings:


Crawley Borough Council submitted Crawley 2030: The Crawley Borough Local Plan to the Secretary of State on 26 November 2014 for independent examination (Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

Following submission, an independent planning inspector, Martin Pike BA MA MRTPI, has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the Local Plan is considered sound.

The Inspector has considered the documents submitted by the council and all representations made to the Local Plan during its submission consultation stage (1 September- 13 October 2014).

As part of the examination the inspector will hold a series of public examination hearings. These will be held in the Council Chamber at Crawley Town Hall, commencing on Tuesday 17 March 2015 and finishing on Friday 27 March 2015. Further details of the hearings can be found on in the Hearing Sessions Programme .

The Inspector has published the Matters and Issues for discussion and provided a guidance note for participants.

All documentation received from the Inspector, including agendas for each of the hearing sessions are available to view on the Inspectors Page .

Written statements prepared by the council are available to view on the Council's Examination Library page .

Written statements prepared by representors will be available to view on the Representors' Examination Library page .

Please check these pages regularly as new information will be added, especially during the examination period.

A Programme Officer has been appointed to assist the Planning Inspector, all future correspondence relating to the public examination hearings should be via the Programme Officer whose details are at the top of this page.

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