Planning Officers have at last recommended a way forward for the local plan in response to the Inspector’s Initial Findings, which he sent to them a year ago!
Tudeley Village should be deleted
Five Oak Green by-pass cancelled (Colt’s Hill scheme remains)
Development at East Capel should be reduced by around 850 houses
In this update you can find out what this means and the expected next steps for the examination of the local plan.
What happens next?
On Monday 13th November 2023 (6.30pm) the Planning & Transportation Advisory Board (PTAB) of TWBC will meet to discuss the proposals. Save Capel has reserved two seats to speak at this important meeting (you can watch it here).
The PTAB will provide their recommendations to the Cabinet who will meet (on 7th December) to consider whether the revised plan should go before Full Council on 13th December 2023.
Full Council will determine whether the revised development strategy goes out to public consultation (for six weeks, similar to Reg 19) which we could expect to be early in the new year. The revised proposals, evidence base, and public responses will then be sent to the Inspector to continue the examination. Focussed hearings on the evidence will likely follow as directed by him.
So, will we finally be getting close to a destination on our Long and Winding Road after four and a half years of navigation? Let’s look at the recommendations in more detail below...