Tamworth Borough Council withdraw Local Plan
19th March 2013
Tamworth Borough Council have withdrawn its Local Plan 2006-2028 in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 27 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
During the early stages of the Examination, the inspector identified a number of significant concerns in relation to the Local Plan.
Tamworth Council submitted a series of potential amendments and a detailed work schedule to resolve the Inspector’s concerns. However, the Inspector was concerned that these modifications might open the Local Plan to legal challenge on two counts:
1) The modifications could be a clear indication that the Council had not submitted a plan for examination that it considered to be “sound”, as required at paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework; and
2) The Sustainability Appraisal of the new policies in the Local Plan might be held to be merely justifying decisions on strategy and detail that have already been made. The results of the Sustainability Appraisal might not, therefore, inform the policy decisions which are now being suggested by the Council, or deal adequately with the assessment of possible alternatives.
and has subsequently requested the Local Plan be withdrawn allowing them to update their evidence, change the plan to ensure that it is 'sound' and then consult their residents and neighbouring local authorities.
The Council has now started work on a New Local Plan to address the concerns identified through the examination process.
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