Postponement of Local Plan

Announcement from Mole Valley District Council.

Following a discussion with officers and Cabinet members MVDC intend to postpone the Local Plan consultation scheduled for this October.

The reason for postponement is because of the uncertain political situation at a national level. If there is to be a general election this autumn, it is now likely to be held in late November. The consultation period for the Local Plan would have coincided with the ‘purdah’ period for that election. The need to avoid any business that might affect the result of the election during the purdah period means that even though the consultation might have started, events such as exhibitions, drop-in sessions and attendance at parish and residents’ association meetings would have had to be cancelled. That clearly would not be a satisfactory outcome for local residents or the Council.
 
The next available opportunity for the Local Plan consultation would be early next year, and officers are looking at what needs to be done to enable that to happen. Moving the consultation to next year is not without its own risks, but is preferable to a clash with a general election if one is held this autumn.
 
Changing the Local Plan timetable will need formal agreement of Cabinet and an urgent report will be put to the next Cabinet meeting on 24 September 2019 to alter the Local Development Scheme.
 
Revised dates for the rescheduled consultation will be included in the report to Cabinet, and a revised communications plan will be discussed at the next Planning Policy Working Group on 16 October 2019.
 
We will be advising interested parties, including parish councils and residents’ associations, of the postponement over the next few days via a press release, E-newsletter and email.
 
Mole Valley District Council

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