Brighton and Hove City Council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee has voted to recommend that the City Plan Part Two is adopted, according to a statement from the council.
The first part of the City Plan was adopted in 2016 and set out the framework for strategic planning in the area up to 2030, which includes targets for new housing and employment, as well as where to implement new strategic development.
Part two of the plan will contribute to management of new development and further site allocations through additional policies, which will help deliver new homes and high-quality development. It has gone through four stages off public consultation before being submitted to the Secretary of State in May last year. An inspector was then appointed on behalf of the government, to examine the plan.
In July of this year, a report was published by the inspector to confirm that it “satisfies all legal requirements, complies with national planning policy and provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the city.” The report also recommended some changes.
The statement also says that no further changes can be made to the plan other than those recommended by the inspector, with it either being accepted as it is currently, or the council rejecting it at their full meeting on the 20th October. If the council decide not to accept the plan, then the city will not have policies in place for its own planning, being forced to rely on the national policies instead.
Should the second part of the local plan be adopted by the council, it will come into force immediately. This will help guide decision making and give certainty and confidence to local communities, as well as the development industry.