Addendum to LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan

Introduction

1.1  Waverley Borough Council consulted upon the Draft Local Plan Part 2 (LPP2), the 'Pre-Submission Plan', between 27th November 2020 and 29th January 2021.

1.2  Whilst it was anticipated that LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan would be the version of the plan that the Council would submit to the Secretary of State for independent examination, the Council proposes a number of changes to the plan. Firstly, the Council has identified a number of minor changes to the plan. These cover factual updates, changes to provide clarity and minor changes to some policies and text in response to some representations. These 'Minor Modifications' are set out in a separate schedule with the intention that they will be submitted alongside the Plan when it is submitted for examination. The nature of these Minor Modifications is such that the Council does not consider that they need to be subject to any further consultation before the Plan is submitted for examination.

1.3  The Council is also proposing other changes that are more significant. These modifications are set out in this Addendum and are subject to this further focussed consultation. The modifications contained in this Addendum and that are subject to this further consultation all relate to proposed site allocations. These changes include the following:

    • The removal of the previously proposed housing allocation at Red Court, Scotland Lane, Haslemere from the Plan;
    • The addition of a new housing site allocation at The Royal Junior School, Portsmouth Road, Hindhead;
    • Adjustments to the site boundaries of the proposed allocations at the Weyhill Youth Campus, Haslemere and the Old Grove, Hindhead.
    • Amendments to the proposed yields on the following sites: Haslemere Key Site, Haslemere; Weyhill Youth Campus, Haslemere; Haslemere Preparatory School, Haslemere; Fairground Car Park, Haslemere; and the Old Grove, Hindhead.

1.4  The removal of the proposed housing allocation at Red Court means that there is also an associated change to the Haslemere settlement boundary within Chapter 3 of the Plan.

1.5  The Council has also taken the opportunity to update the relevant housing supply data to a new base date of 1st April 2021. This means that in relation to Haslemere the residual number of homes that need to be allocated to meet the minimum allocation from Local Plan Part 1 changes from 320 to 316.

1.6  The Local Plan Part 2 Pre-Submission Plan and the proposed changes, as detailed within this Addendum, is the version of the plan which the Council intends to submit to the Secretary of State for examination and ultimately wishes to adopt.

1.7  We will be inviting comments on the Addendum to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan from Friday 1st October 2021 until Friday 12th November 2021.

1.8  This Addendum document will be accompanied by an updated policies map and the supporting documents which have been updated to support the Addendum.

What are we consulting upon?

1.9  The Planning Inspectorate advises that if a local authority wishes to make changes to the plan once the publication plan has been consulted upon, and they wish the changes to be considered alongside the submitted plan, they should prepare an Addendum to the plan containing the proposed changes which should be published for consultation before the plan is submitted for examination. Waverley Borough Council is publishing the proposed changes to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan for consultation on the same basis as the Regulation 19 consultation that was undertaken on the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan between November 2020 and January 2021. They are an Addendum to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan. This approach reflects the advice contained in paragraph 1.5 of the Planning Inspectorate Procedure Guide for Local Plan Examinations.

1.10  This document is not a fully revised draft version of the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan. It is an Addendum to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan and only contains the proposed changes and any modifications to boundaries on the Policies Map.

1.11  This Addendum shows the proposed modifications to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan as track changes, with text proposed to be deleted shown in red strikethrough text (e.g.deleted text;) and new text proposed to be added shown as red text (e.g.new text). A tabulated summary of the proposed changes, which are subject to consultation, is provided in Appendix 1. Deleted maps are also shown as strikethrough; and where appropriate it will be indicated as to whether changes to maps are subject to consultation.

1.12  In addition to the changes subject to consultation, for completeness and clarity, the Council have shown a number of changes which are intended to be for information only. These are shown as follows: new or deleted. This consultation is not intended to be an opportunity to make comments on the changes which are shown for information only; these changes are minor modifications which do not need to be subject to consultation before the Plan is submitted for its examination.

1.13  The proposed modifications which are subject to consultation are predominately within Chapter 7 (Housing Sites). A modification is also proposed to the Haslemere settlement boundary section within Chapter 3; this modification results from the changes proposed in Chapter 7.

1.14  A Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) of the proposed changes to the Plan accompany this Addendum.

1.15  A number of other documents and assessments which were published alongside the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan have been reviewed and updated to support this Addendum to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan. These include an update to the Landscape Study; the Settlement Boundaries Topic Paper; the Housing Numbers, Assessments and Allocations Topic Paper; and the Land Availability Assessment (LAA). The updated LAA has been produced to only focus on the areas with allocations being made through LPP2 (housing allocations in Haslemere and Witley, and allocations for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople borough-wide).

How do I make comments on the proposed modifications within the Addendum to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan?

1.16  The purpose of this stage is to enable people to make any comments on the proposed modifications to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan that they want to be taken into account at the public examination. Comments are also invited on the supporting documents which have been published alongside the proposed modifications which are subject ot consultation (e.g., Sustainability Appraisal, topic papers etc).

1.17  This consultation is not intended to be an opportunity to make comments on any other parts of the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan. Comments should only relate to the proposed modifications to the plan contained within this Addendum or the additional/updated evidence which has been published.

1.18  The comments received as part of this consultation on proposed modifications within this Addendum, along with all the comments received to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan consultation which took place in November 2020 to January 2021 will be submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration at the public examination with the plan and supporting documents.

1.19  Comments can be made in the following ways:

      • Via the online consultation portal available at: https://waverley.inconsult.uk/
      • Representation forms are available to download from our website at www.waverley.gov.uk/LPP2 and can be emailed to: planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk or printed and posted to: Planning Policy Team, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR. Please use the council's representation form. However, if you prefer to write or email, please reference your correspondence with the relevant paragraph or policy number. Please note that representations will be publicly available and cannot be treated as confidential, although address, telephone and email details will not be published.

Representations may be accompanied by a request to be notified at a specified address of any of the following: 

      • The Local Plan Part 2 has been submitted for independent examination;
      • The publication of the Inspector's report; and
      • The adoption of the Local Plan Part 2.

1.20  For more information or assistance on this consultation please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01483 523291 or email planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk.

What will happen to the comments which I made to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan in November 2020/ January 2021?

1.21  The comments received during the November 2020 to January 2021 consultation on the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan have been published on the Council's website and will be submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration at the public examination alongside any comments received on the proposed modifications. Given this, it is not necessary to resubmit comments made to the LPP2 Pre-Submission Plan consultation which took place in November 2020 to January 2021.