Planning and the Localism Bill
The Localism Bill, contains a substantial package of reforms to the local government, including the planning system:
- Removal of regional strategies from the planning system;
- Introduction of a new right for local communities to draw up neighbourhood plans;
- An increase in planning enforcement powers;
- Limits on the involvement of planning inspectors in local plans; and
- A new duty on public bodies such as the County Council, to actively participate in 'larger-than-local' planning.
The government anticipates the bill to become law by the end of 2011 and future strategic plans will be based on this.
The current strategic planning framework
Until the Localism Bill becomes law, Gloucestershire County Council remains the strategic planning authority for the county providing policy advice on the Adopted 2nd Review Gloucestershire Structure Plan (1991 - 2011).
A replacement Structure Plan known as the Deposit Draft 3rd Alteration Gloucestershire Structure Plan (2001 - 2016) was prepared but this plan has never been formally adopted. It is a material consideration in planning applications though.
The Strategic Policy Team also provides technical policy support for the strategies and plans being prepared by each of the six district councils in Gloucestershire. Key projects include:
- Gloucestershire Strategic Infrastructure Delivery Plan (SIDP)
- Gloucestershire Renewable Energy Study
- Gloucestershire Housing Evidence Review
The Strategic Planning process before 2010
From 2004 the planning system replaced county-level plans with regional spatial strategies prepared by new regional planning bodies. The County Council became a formal evidence provider (known as a (4(4) authority) for the regional planning body - the South West Regional Assembly. The technical input, called the Joint Study Area (JSA) studies, was submitted to the regional assembly in September 2005.
The Secretary of State's Proposed Changes Version of the South West Regional Spatial Strategy remains a material consideration in determining planning applications.
- Waste Core Strategy (WCS)
- Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) [4Mb]
- Strategic Housing Market Assessment [9Mb]
These and more, including full background documentation on all planning is available on Planning policy