Special Planning Constraints mean Local Authorities not required to meet Needs in Full!

Clearly Eric Pickles and Brandon Lewis are altering planning policy to reflect the circumstances in South Essex authorities.

“to set out that in exceptional cases, where a local authority is burdened by a large-scale unauthorised site (Thorney Bay) which has significantly increased their need, and their area is subject to strict and special planning constraints (Flood Risk, Top Tier COMAH sites, Green Belt), then there is no assumption that the local authority is required to plan to meet their needs in full”

Which means of course that the need is shifted to Basildon, Rochford and Southend.

No, only joking, unfortunately! However it is interesting to note that goal posts can be moved where one section of the community are concerned, but not others.

The context above was regarding a traveller site.
The actual extract is recorded below.

“to set out that in exceptional cases, where a local authority is burdened by a large-scale unauthorised site which has significantly increased their need, and their area is subject to strict and special planning constraints, then there is no assumption that the local authority is required to plan to meet their traveller site needs in full.” It adds: “The possible effect is likely to mean that those travellers evicted from the large-scale unauthorised site may not have their needs met in the local area and would need to relocate in order to find a suitable alternative provision.”

Which means of course that the need is shifted to North Essex and Herts.
A.Lainton.

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