Re-examination of the other remitted policies

After the housing number and policy CS13 were re-adopted in 2015, the examination moved on to focus on consequential changes to the other remitted policies.

These include changes to:

  • CS6 Green Belt
  • CS14 Distribution of new housing
  • CS19 Strategic gaps
  • CS28 Weston-super-Mare
  • CS30 Weston villages
  • CS31 Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead
  • CS32 Service villages
  • CS33 Smaller settlements and countryside

Examination details

We consulted upon our proposed changes to these policies in November and December 2015. The responses were then passed to the Planning Inspectorate who appointed a new Inspector, Jonathan Bore, to examine these policies.

The Inspector wrote to the council asking for comments on some of the issues raised during the consultation. The council then responded to the Inspector.

Details of how the Inspector progressed the examination are set out in the documents below. Examination hearings were held on 21, 22, and 23 June 2016 at The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare.

Examination documents

Documents relevant to the examination are available on our document library webpage for remitted policies. Hearing statements produced by the council and other participants are available in our statement library for remitted policies.

We consulted on a Sustainability Appraisal Supplementary Report for the other remitted policies in May and June 2016. You can view the consultation documents and responses on our eConsult portal webpage.

Proposed modifications

At the end of the hearing sessions, the Inspector verbally concluded that the spatial strategy within the plan remains sound, excluding the increase in the adopted housing number. However, in order to make the plan sound, more flexibility is required in the wording of the settlement policies. 

These proposed main modifications have been discussed with the Inspector since the hearings, and represent the proposed changes that need to be made.  No change is proposed to either policy CS6 (Green Belt) or CS19 (Strategic gaps). The Inspector also concluded that for the purposes of the housing supply calculation the council should use a 5% buffer and the Sedgefield methodology.

The proposed main modifications were available for comment between 25 July and 5 September 2016. All representations received were submitted to the Inspector for his consideration before issuing his report.  The council then formally re-adopted the remaining Core Strategy policies.

You can view the proposed modifications and the comments made on our eConsult portral webpage.

Inspector’s report

The Inspector’s report into policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32 and CS33 was received by the council on 8 November.

The Council adopted the full Core Strategy on 10 January 2017.