June 14th, 2011 |
This is IMPORTANT! A New Consultation On Future Development.
This is IMPORTANT!
The District Council is carrying out a new consultation on its core strategy for development. They’ve sent out a letter. We show the full letter below, though if you aren’t an expert on this stuff, you might find it hard to grasp the full meaning.
This is after a recent High Court case involving Forest Heath Sistrict Council in Suffolk. The District Council now has to do more than simply have a set of proposals. It has to show that it’s properly looked at all the alternatives as well. So it’s produced a document called the Sustainability Appraisal Addendum (“SA Addendum”). This tries to show its looked at the alternatives. You can download it downloaded here. (299k)
Comments may be submitted via email to email@example.com or in writing to: Planning Policy, Rochford District Council, Council Offices, South Street, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1BW. Please note that comments can only be made in respect of this “SA Addendum”. The consultation period will last until 5:00 pm on 11th July 2011.
There doesn’t seem to be a way of submitting comments online, so that other people can see them. Though if people want to copy their responses here as a comment, please feel free.
We are still studying the document ourselves and will probably write some more on onlinefocus later.
Sustainability Appraisal of Core Strategy Submission Document
Date: 13 June 2011
I am writing to advise you that we are now seeking views on the Sustainability Appraisal Addendum of the Core Strategy Submission Document.
The Council submitted the Rochford District Core Strategy to the Secretary of State in January 2010. Since that time the document has been under examination by the Planning Inspectorate to determine whether it is sound and legally compliant. Part of the evidence base for the Core Strategy includes the Sustainability Appraisal, which considers the social, economic and environmental effects of a plan.
During the course of the examination, the change in government and subsequent changes in national policy have resulted in delays into the determination of the Core Strategy’s soundness.
In light of the recent High Court Ruling Save Historic Newmarket v. Forest Heath District Council, Rochford District Council requested that the issuing of a decision on the soundness of the Core Strategy be delayed to enable the Council undertake a review of the Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal. The Planning Inspectorate accepted this request.
The Council has produced a review of the Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal (Sustainability Appraisal Addendum) and is now consulting on this document. We now invite you to comment on this. The formal consultation period will run from 13 June 2011 until 5pm on 11 July 2011.
We recommend that also visit www.rochford.gov.uk to view the document and access background information.
We recognise that not everyone has access to the Internet and that it is important that no one is excluded from participating. If you wish to submit your views but are unable to do so online, please contact the Planning Policy team on .
Paper copies of the document can be viewed at the following locations:
• Rochford Council Offices, South Street, Rochford, SS4 1BW
• Rayleigh Civic Suite, 2 Hockley Road, Rayleigh, SS6 8EB
• Great Wakering Library, 16 High Street, Great Wakering, SS3 0EQ
• Hockley Library, Southend Road, Hockley, SS5 4PZ
• Hullbridge Library, Ferry Road, Hullbridge, SS5 6ET
• Rayleigh Library, 132/134 High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7BX
• Rochford Library, Roche Close, Rochford SS4 1PS
Comments may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively, submitted to:
Comments submitted will be used to inform the final version of the Sustainability Appraisal Addendum, which will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.