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Local Plan Pre-Submission Publication Consultation

Making comments 

Anyone who previously submitted a response to the last pre-submission consultation held in 2018 will not have to do so again unless they want to add to them, withdraw them or make completely new comments.

All responses received during the last consultation will still be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (unless we have received a request to withdraw a response).

What can I make comments on?

You can make comments on any part of the Pre-Submission Publication Document (October 2018), Amendments to the Pre-Submission Publication Document (July 2019), Policies Map or Sustainability Appraisal. Comments may also refer to the justification and evidence in the supporting technical evidence base documents. The purpose of this consultation is for you to say whether you think the plan is legally compliant and ‘sound’. These terms are explained as follows:

Legal compliance

To be legally compliant the Local Plan has to be prepared in accordance with the Duty to Co-operate and legal and procedural requirements, including the 2011 Localism Act and Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

Soundness

Soundness is explained in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Planning Inspector conducting the Examination in Public has to be satisfied that the Local Plan is ‘sound’ – namely that it is:

  • Positively prepared – providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified – an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence.
  • Effective – deliverable over the plan period, and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground; and
  • Consistent with national policy – enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Do I have to use the consultation response form?

Yes please. This is because further changes to the Local Plan will be a matter for a Planning Inspector to consider and providing responses in a consistent format is important. For this reason, all responses should use this consultation response form. Please be as succinct as possible. Use one response form for each representation you wish to make (topic or issue you wish to comment on). You can attach additional evidence to support your case, but please make sure that it is clearly referenced. It will be a matter for the Planning Inspector to invite additional evidence in advance of, or during the Public Examination.

Additional consultation response forms can be downloaded from the council’s website at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/localplanreview or you can use the online consultation portal to submit your comments. Hardcopies can also be collected from the main council offices and The Hub (Customer Service Centre) in Kidderminster. If you want your comments considered by the Planning Inspector you must provide your name and address with your response.

Please note that representations made at this stage in the process cannot remain anonymous, but details will only be used in relation to the Wyre Forest District Local Plan Review. Your response will be made available to view as part of the Examination process.

We will only accept responses submitted using the consultation response form.

Can I submit a response on behalf of a group or neighbourhood?

Yes, you can. Where there are groups who share a common view on how they wish to see the plan modified, it would be very helpful for that group to send a single response that represents that view, rather than for a large number of individuals to send in separate comments that repeat the same points. In such cases the group should indicate how many people it is representing; a list of their names and addresses, and how the response has been agreed e.g. via a parish council/action group meeting; signing a petition etc. The response should still be submitted on the standard consultation response form with the information attached. Please indicate in Part A of the consultation response form the group you are representing.

Do I need to attend the Public Examination?

You can indicate whether at this stage you consider there is a need to present your representation at a hearing session during the Public Examination. You should note that Planning Inspectors do not give any more weight to issues presented in person than written evidence. The Planning Inspector will use his/her own discretion in regard to who participates at the Public Examination. All examination hearings will be open to the public.

Where do I send my completed consultation response form?

Please return the completed consultation response form by 5pm on Monday 14 October 2019.

Response forms may be submitted to the council in the following ways:

Online

Email to: LPR@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

Post to: Planning Policy Team, Wyre Forest District Council, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7WF.

Please note that late response forms cannot be accepted.

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