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Cabinet Decision: 11th June 2009
Title of Item/Report
Tees Valley Loint Minerals and Waste Core Strategy and Site Allocations Development Plan Documents (DPDs) First Publication Draft and Sustainability Appraisal
Record of the Decision
Consideration was given to a report on the progress in the production of the Joint Tees Valley Minerals and Waste Core Strategy and Site Allocations Development Plan Documents and Sustainability Appraisal. The report sought endorsement of the First Publication Draft Reports and Sustainability Appraisal for a six-week period of public consultation beginning in August 2009.

The Tees Valley Joint Strategy Unit was preparing Joint Minerals and Waste Development Plan Documents on behalf of the Tees Valley Local Planning Authorities. In setting up the arrangements for this joint working, it was agreed that each authority would separately approve any consultation documents.

Two DPDs would provide the policy framework for determining planning applications for minerals developments for the period to 2024 and waste developments to 2021, these were:-

* The Core Strategy DPD which set out overall strategy and generic development control policies for determining applications for minerals and waste developments.

* The Site Allocations DPD which identified specific sites for future development and which contained detailed policies for assessing planning applications.

Both documents were accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal of the options considered and selected.

The First Publication Draft Report was a key milestone in the preparation of a development plan document and represented the final stage in the production process prior to submission of the documents to the Secretary of State. The first stage was the Issues and Options Report, which was consulted on in May-June 2007. The second phase of this process was the Preferred Options report, which was consulted on during February - April 2008. It was intended to publish the Core Strategy and Site Allocations First Publication Documents and the associated Sustainability Appraisal for a six-week consultation period beginning in August 2009. Following this the documents would be submitted to the Secretary of State in December 2009, with an examination into the soundness of the documents occurring during 2010.

The documents had three overarching purposes:-

* To ensure the production of sufficient quantities of minerals in the sub-region to support anticipated levels of growth expected to 2024.

* To support the development of a network of waste management facilities, which would be able to deal with the waste generated in the sub region in a sustainable manner.

* To ensure that the environment and amenity of the residents of the Tees Valley are protected.

Following the Publication stage, the DPDs would be submitted to the Secretary of State in December 2009. The DPDs would then progress to an independent examination in March 2010 before adoption in July 2010.

RESOLVED that:-

1. The Tees Valley Joint Minerals and Waste Core Strategy and Site Allocations Development Plan Documents First Publication Draft and Sustainability Appraisal be endorsed for public consultation.

2. Authority be delegated to the Head of Planning in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport to make amendments to the document of an editorial nature prior to the public consultation period.
Reasons for the Decision
To ensure timely progress in the preparation of the key documents which will provide up-to-date sustainable policy framework for determining applications for minerals and waste development in the Borough.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
None
Details of any Dispensations
Not Applicable
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
By Midnight, Friday, 19th June 2009
Attachment

Date of Publication: 16 June 2009


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