Decision Maker: Executive Member for Planning & Transport
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To seek approval
to consult on Main Modifications to the Central and Eastern
Berkshire Joint Minerals and Waste Plan (Submission version) and
associated documents for a statutory period of at least six
1 the Proposed Main Modifications (attached as Appendix 1) to the Central and Eastern Berkshire Joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan (Submission version), Policies Map and supporting documents together with the schedule of Additional Modifications be approved.
2 The consultation on the Proposed Main Modifications (attached as Appendix 1) to the Central and Eastern Berkshire Joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan (Submission version), Policies Map and supporting documents for a period of at least six weeks be approved.
3 That the Executive Director Place Planning and Regeneration in consultation with the Executive Member for Planning and Transport agree any further changes to the Proposed Main Modifications that are recommended by the Inspectors, prior to public consultation.
1 As part of the examination process, the Inspectors must judge whether the CEBJMWP is ‘sound’ as set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2021 (positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy). It is now clear that Main Modifications are required in order to make the the plan sound and ultimately ensure that the Council has an up to date and robust planning framework to guide development which reflects current national policy and guidance.
2 All Proposed Main Modifications and associated SA/SEA and HRA documents must be subject to public consultation before the Inspectors can make recommendations on them. Whilst the the Policies Map is not a development plan document, it illustrates geographically the application of policies in the plan. As certain proposed main modifications have geographical consequences, it is necessary to draw the proposed change to what is shown on the Policies Map. To ensure fairness, such proposed changes need to be subject to consultation alongside the Proposed Main Modifications.
The alternative options are to:
(i) reject some or all of the identified Proposed Main Modifications to the plan; or
(ii) suggest different or more wide-ranging modifications, beyond those required for soundness.
Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;
Wards Affected: (All Wards);
Financial Impact: The cost of preparing the Central and Eastern Berkshire Minerals and Waste Plan is being shared equally amongst the 4 commissioning authorities. An allocation is specifically made for the project within the Council’s budget.
Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No
Making Representations: In writing to the Director of Place, Planning & Regeneration
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Regard needs to be given to the Town and
Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as
amended) and the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement
(February 2014). Consultation will be undertaken in collaboration
with Reading Borough Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and
Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough Council. The Council will seek to
use a range of methods of communication having regard to public
health guidelines on social distancing at the time of the
consultation. These will include setting up an online consultation
event (including notification to those on the local plan database),
updating information on the Council’s website, providing hard
copies of information at locations around the borough (specific
libraries, parish/town council offices and Time Square, if open to
the public) and putting information on the Council’s social
media pages (Facebook and Twitter).
• Neighbouring County, District and
• Specific consultees (such as ‘duty to co-operate’ bodies and specific consultees, including Environment Agency, Natural England and Historic England).
• General consultees (including landowners, the minerals and waste industry and bodies which represent the interests of different groups).
Contact: Andrew Hunter, Executive Director: Place, Planning & Regeneration Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01344 351907.
Publication date: 08/02/2022
Date of decision: 08/02/2022
Effective from: 16/02/2022