Agenda and minutes

Executive Board
Friday, 22nd March, 2019 10.00 a.m.

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No. Item

Physical Environment Portfolio


Delivery and Allocations Local Plan; Approval for a formal period of public consultation pursuant to Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 - KEY DECISION pdf icon PDF 102 KB

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The Board considered a report of the Strategic Director, Enterprise, Community and Resources, which sought approval to publish the Delivery and Allocations Local Plan (DALP) Submission Document.

The Board was advised that it was a statutory requirement for local authorities to produce a development plan for their area. Halton’s development plan consisted of ‘saved’ policies from the Unitary Development Plan, the Core Strategy and the Joint Halton and Merseyside Waste Plan. It was reported that the DALP would replace the ‘saved’ policies previously listed.

It was proposed that the DALP Submission Documents would be published for a six week period of consultation, with a variety of supporting documents, as set out in the report. Following this, the DALP would be submitted to full Council prior to its submission to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

It was further noted that the DALP document was a key policy document for the future development of the Borough and the Council’s investment, regeneration and economic prosperity strategies.

Reason(s) For Decision

The DALP would form part of the statutory development plan for the Borough. Legislation allowed a Council’s Executive Board to approve draft plans for public consultation. Later stages would need the approval of Full Council.

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

The Council had a statutory duty to prepare and keep up to date a Local Plan for its area. Should the Council choose not to prepare a Local Plan, it risks being directed to do so by the secretary of State or the secretary of State may prepare a Plan on behalf of the Borough.

Implementation Date

Officers would endeavour to publish and advertise the documentation for consultation as soon as practicable after the date of the Board.


1)    the Delivery and Allocations Local Plan (DALP) Submission Documents be approved (subject to recommendation 2) for the purposes of a six-week period of public consultation;

2)    minor amendments to the DALP Submission Documents, as deemed appropriate prior to publication for consultation, be agreed by the Strategic Director, Enterprise, Community and Resources in consultation with the executive Board Member for Physical Environment;

3)    following consultation, the DALP Submission Documents, together with the results of the public consultation exercise, be reported to full Council prior to submission to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for formal Examination;

4)    a review of the assumptions behind school place forecasts be undertaken; and  

5)    a further report be brought to the Board on the practicalities of the Council introducing a Community Infrastructure Levy.

MINUTES ISSUED:  26th March 2019


CALL-IN: 2nd April 2019


Any matter decided by the Executive Board may be called in no later than 5.00pm on 2nd April 2019.