Re-examination of the other remitted policies

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

These are:

  • 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 have 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 have 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, Weston-super-Mare.

Examination documents

Documents relevant to the examination are available here.  Hearing statements produced by the council and other participants are available here.

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

Proposed modifications

At the end of the hearing sessions the Inspector concluded verbally that the spatial strategy within the plan remains sound notwithstanding 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 to comment on between 25 July and 5 September 2016. All representations received were submitted to the Inspector for his consideration before issuing his report.  The council will then formally re-adopt the remaining Core Strategy policies.

You can view the proposed modifications and the comments made on our consultation website.

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.

Full Council adopted the Core Strategy on 10 January 2017.