Planning Inspector raises two further duty to cooperate concerns with the Lichfield Local Plan
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20th June 2013
Two further ‘duty to cooperate’ concerns have been identified by the Planning Inspector examining the Lichfield District Council Local Plan.
The points for discussion at next week’s hearing session, starting Monday 24th June 2013, fall under Matter 1 – Duty to Cooperate and they are as follows:
1. When considering the question of cooperation with Birmingham City Council, what will be the role of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership in establishing both the level of long term growth in the area and the scale and distribution of any emerging shortfall.
2. Following the supplementary question of the Duty to Cooperate (SQ-M1) and the Lichfield Alliance's response to that question (SQ-M1-LA1) we will be discussing the additional question of whether the Council has cooperated constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis with relevant bodies on the provision of transport infrastructure.
The Lichfield Alliance's response to the Inspector's supplementary question refers to infrastructure matters considered by the Walsall cabinet in Sep/2012 and Camphill Chords, where, in the last month, the Birmingham City Council Cabinet voted to grant a lease extension on land which may be required to re-route commuter rail traffic in the centre of Birmingham.
When the hearing session commences next week, hopefully Birmingham City Council and Lichfield District Council will be able to update the Inspector concerning their efforts to align transport policies and infrastructure investment plans. These are clearly required to accommodate the level of cross-boundary travel that is implicit in the housing and employment evidence that supports the ’current draft’ of the Local Plan for Lichfield District.
These are matters where Local Council’s have largely been silent.
The agenda for Hearing Session Matters (19th June 2013):
Matter 1 – Duty to Cooperate – Monday 24th June 13 AM
Matter 2 – Housing Numbers – Monday 24th June 13 PM & Tuesday 25th June 13
Matter 5 – Housing Supply – Wednesday 26th June 13 AM
Matter 9 – Greenbelt – Wednesday 26th June 13 PM
Matter 3 – The Strategy – Thursday 27th June, Friday 28th June, Monday 1st July, Tuesday 2nd July
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