Council agrees adoption of Local Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy
Release date: 3 August 2018
Members of Cotswold District Council met today at a Special Council Meeting at Cirencester Baptist Church and a majority agreed to adopt the Cotswold District Local Plan and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule.
This now paves the way for the Local Plan. The Plan covers the period 2011 to 2031 and its policies will be used to control development and guide most day-to-day planning decisions. Additionally, the CIL will assist in delivering infrastructure to support development in the District.
Both documents were subject to extensive public consultation and then examined in public by an independent Inspector at the end of 2017. The Inspector subsequently reported that he was satisfied the Council had actively sought to work cooperatively and positively with all of the relevant organisations throughout the preparation of the Local Plan. He also confirmed that - subject to a number of modifications which have now been put in place by CDC - all of the key strategic issues were effectively addressed. Similarly, the Inspector approved the CIL subject to modifications which have now been included.
Commenting on the Council’s decision to adopt both documents, CDC’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Forward Planning Cllr Nick Parsons said:
“I am very pleased that we now have in place two major policy that will help us manage future development effectively in the Cotswolds. The Local Plan includes a development strategy for delivering growth across the District up to 2031 and its policies will be the starting point for determining planning applications. Meanwhile, the CIL sets out a comprehensive charging schedule that will provide an appropriate basis for the collection of infrastructure levies across the District.
“This is the culmination of many years of extremely challenging work by the Forward Planning Team at CDC, and I would like to put on record my immense gratitude to them. The Local Plan process is very complex and has involved extensive research, testing, consultation, and revision across a very broad range of issues, sometimes arising from major changes to government legislation along the way. I commend everyone involved in helping us reach this milestone achievement, including agencies, consultants, and also members of the public who have provided very useful comments and suggestions throughout the evolution of both documents. I must also thank the elected members of this Council for the time and care that they have taken to read and understand these documents and to debate the difficult issues contained within them.”