Castle Point council, last evening agreed a strict timetable to put in place a Local Plan that would be both legally compliant and Sound.
The new Local Plan will be based around the withdrawn 2014 version and will include taking consideration of previous consultation responses, thereby eliminating the need to alter and delay the Plan following a further consultation period.
The previously objectionable Regional Spatial Strategy appears to have been replaced by the Joint Strategic Plan (see below) which appears to impose a similar intense high level of Housing Delivery onto south Essex, and which Castle Point will be pressured to provide its share, whether constraints exist or ot.
The Canvey Island independent party abstained on the grounds that the intended use of Green Belt for Housing Development went against their principles and policies.
As far as Canvey Island is concerned we have now entered a situation of doubt, surrounding the distribution of Housing Growth.
What is clear is that this Plan serves the delivery of Housing Growth over the immediate, and upto the 15 year term.
The “promised” infrastructure will remain as it has previously, reliant on Government and County releasing funds.
The Big Question will remain unanswered, following last evening’s decision.
That is, would the Government’s Chief Planner have applied the existing and unique Constraints on Canvey Island Housing growth in a fairer method than those emerging from the Castle Point council controlled Local Plan?
For better or worse, we may never know, or do we?
That is if cpbc keep to schedule and can satisfy the Secretary of State on the Local Development Plan’s timetable and delivery!
“The Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) consists of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Essex County, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, and Thurrock Councils.” – “along with preparing a Joint Strategic Plan for South Essex would assist future plans for development to ensure new transport links, health and social infrastructure, business and skill opportunities are all included and will ensure that the 90,000 homes that have been identified as being need across south Essex over the next twenty years are built.”