Draft Local Plan agreed by Full Council: will go to public consultation
After years of work by the Council's planning officers, dozens of meetings of the Planning Policy Advisory Panel, and a failed attempt to agree the Plan at the Full Council meeting of 15 January, Full Council finally agreed at its meeting of 12 February on the Draft Local Plan.
There was lenghty debate over the target housing number for the period 2010-2030 with various figures being proposed: the Panel recommended 38,000, the Cabinet member and planning officers recommended 45,400, Cllr Biscoe proposed 29,000. After amendments to take account of the requests for increased numbers in Bodmin, Falmouth and Newquay, a final figure of 42,300 was agreed.
The Draft Plan will now be published for consultation. When finalised (after the elections in May), the proposed Plan will have to be put to a government planning inspector for approval before it can be formally adopted by the Council.