Rushmoor Local Plan - preferred approach

Information and documents about the first stage of the public consultation on the Rushmoor Local Plan which took place in June and July 2015.

The purpose of the 2015 'preferred approach' consultation was to get your views on a number of different options for each of the policies and proposals included in the draft Local Plan.

We considered these comments when preparing the final draft of the Local Plan. We will submit the final draft plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination later in 2017, following further public consultation.You can find out more on our Rushmoor Local Plan development plan document page.

In most cases, we identified a 'preferred approach' for each policy, but we welcomed comments on any of the options identified, as well as suggestions for alternatives that we may not have considered. In addition,we invited comments on whether there were any issues that were not set out in the document, but which you thought we should have covered.

You can view the comments received on the 'preferred approach' version of the draft local plan on our Rushmoor Local Plan consultation portal.

You can also read a summary of the responses we received below:

Documents relating to the 'preferred approach'

You can view the 'preferred approach' version of the document and the proposed changes to the policies map below:

2015 topic papers

We prepared topic papers to provide background information on some key issues in 2015. We intend to publish updated versions of these documents before we submit the final draft plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination, later this year.    

Assessing the sustainability of the Rushmoor Local Plan

We prepared a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) to assess the environmental, economic and social impact of our plan policies within the 'preferred approach'. This appraisal incorporated the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).The first part of this process was to identify a set of sustainability objectives against which we could measure the impact of the proposed policies. These objectives are outlined in a document known as the SA/SEA scoping report. We consulted on the pdf icon SA/SEA scoping report November 2014 [3Mb] for a statutory period of five weeks between Monday 10 November and Monday 15 December. We took the responses received into account in the SA/SEA Sustainability Appraisal that supported the Local Plan preferred approach.

We also consulted on a Habitats Regulations Assessment to determine if the local plan preferred approach would have significant adverse effects on the integrity of internationally designated sites of nature conservation importance, or Natura 2000 sites.

We have prepared a Sustainability Appraisal and a Habitats Regulations Assessment for the final draft Plan and these documents are also subject to further public consultation.   Both documents will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination, along with the draft Plan itself, later in 2017. You can find out more on our Rushmoor Local Plan development plan document page.

 
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