{meta} Decision - Places for Everyone Publication Plan 2021: A Joint Development Plan Document for 9 Greater Manchester Local Authorities (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan)

Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision (CABINET)

 

I Paul Dennett, City Mayor in consultation with the Cabinet and in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby:

 

1.    Approve the Places for Everyone Publication Plan 2021, including strategic site allocations and green belt boundary amendments, and reference to the potential use of compulsory purchase powers to assist with site assembly, and the supporting background documents, for publication pursuant to Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 for a period for representations of 8 weeks commencing no earlier than 9 August 2021;

 

2.    Delegate to the Strategic Director Place authority to approve the relevant Statement of Common Ground(s) required pursuant to the National Planning Policy Framework 2019; and

 

The Reasons are: To continue making progress in the production of a Joint Development Plan Document of the nine remaining Greater Manchester districts (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) and provide an opportunity for the community and other stakeholders to make representations on The Places for Everyone Publication Plan 2021 (PfE) before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

 

Options considered and rejected were: Not to progress with the production of a Joint Development Plan Document. This option was rejected given there are clear merits in continuing to produce a Joint Development Plan Document, which include enabling districts to:

·         Progress the strategic policies that were in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) which commanded widespread support, for example net zero carbon development, affordable housing and space and accessibility standards for new housing

·         Maximise the use of sustainable urban/brownfield land and limit the need for Green Belt to accommodate the development needs of the nine

·         Align with wider Greater Manchester strategies for transport and other infrastructure investment

·         Utilise the evidence base already commissioned and completed, minimising the cost of producing further evidence

·         Spread the cost jointly of the independent examination

 

 

Assessment of Risk: Places for Everyone builds on earlier work that took places for the GMSF. Significant challenges were made to the 2016 and 2019 draft GMSF versions, from various parties including local residents, landowners / developers and statutory consultees. It is likely that such representations will also be made to Places for Everyone. Places for Everyone needs to found sound at Examination and it is important that the evidence is robust as part of this. Significant work has been undertaken in relation to this in order to minimise the risk of the plan being found to be unsound.

 

The source of funding is as follows:  The preparation and examination of the Places for Everyone Publication Plan 2021 generates a revenue cost for 9 local authorities. A substantial evidence base has been assembled to support the plan which has involved commissioning of specialist and independent experts. There are no current revenue implications. Following this consultation, the PfE plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination. There will be further revenue costs associated with the examination process, including appointment of a Programme Officer(s) and the cost of the examination itself, including procurement of a venue, Planning Inspectors and legal advice. Further reports will be provided to the Joint Committee as appropriate.

 

Legal Advice obtained: Yes, provided by Stephanie Hall, Principal Solicitor

Financial Advice obtained: Yes, provided by Martin Anglesey, Finance Officer

Procurement Advice obtained: N/A

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process:

 

·         Places for Everyone Publication Plan 2021, draft for approval

·         Report to AGMA Joint Committee on 20 July 2021

·         Topic Papers for each of the 4 development allocations within Salford; these summarise relevant parts of the evidence base and provide justification for each of the allocations

 

Contact Officer: James Shuttleworth                   Tel No 0161 925 2307

 

*           This document records a key decision, but the matter was not             included in the Council's Forward Plan and it has been dealt with             under the emergency procedure.

*           This decision is urgent and is not subject to call-in, in accordance with              the Decision Making Procedure Rules

*           The appropriate scrutiny committee to call-in the decision is the             Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Panel.

 

 

Signed:            Paul Dennett                                                 Dated:    21.07.21                                        

 Paul Dennett – City Mayor

 

FOR DEMOCRATIC SERVICES USE ONLY

*           This decision was published on      21.07.21                                  .

*           This decision will come in force at 4pm on 28.07.21 unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.

 

Publication date: 21/07/2021

Date of decision: 21/07/2021

Decided at meeting: 21/07/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 29/07/2021

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