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South Downs Local Plan – Main Modifications

Main Modifications Consultation

Consultation period: 00:00 (midnight) Friday 01 February 2019 until 23:59 on Thursday 28 March 2019

Following a series of public hearings, the Inspector has invited the National Park Authority to consult on a schedule of main modifications.

A note was issued by the Inspector to the SDNPA which provides details. This is published for transparency and not in itself for comment. The sections below explain how comments can be made on the Main Modifications schedule.

INSP.16 Post-Hearing Note on the Main Modifications

The Main Modifications  have been considered or in some cases proposed by the Inspector with regard the soundness and legal compliance of the South Downs Local Plan. The schedule includes all the main changes made since the publication of the Pre-submission Local Plan in September 2017. It therefore includes the following stages of Main Modifications to the Plan:

  • At submission: Schedule of Changes to Pre-submission SDLP (SDLP 01 in the core document library)
  • Following submission: Main Modifications 01 November 2018 (SDNPA.3 in the core document library)
  • Following examination hearings: Further modifications requested by the Inspector during or after the hearings (previously unpublished)

In summary, we have now published the following new documents:

  • The schedule of Main Modifications following public hearings (January 2019)
  • A Sustainability Appraisal Addendum (SA Addendum)
  • A Habitat Regulations Assessment Statement (HRA Statement)
  • An amended inset Policies Map for Kingston-near-Lewes. This is to show a factual update to the proposed settlement boundary, to include within the boundary a recently permitted housing development at ‘Audiburn’.

In addition to the above, a modification was made at submission stage to the Overview Policies Maps, to reflect changes to the Mens SAC, Ebernoe Common SAC and Singleton & Cocking Tunnels SAC Habitat Regulations Assessment Buffers (which relates to Policy SD10: International Sites). The submission Overview Policies Maps PM01, PM02 and PM03 show the amended buffers.

The Main Modifications are proposed without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusion on the Local Plan.

Note that the Main Modifications should be read alongside the Pre-Submission_South_Downs_Local_Plan , and the schedule of minor edits (see below)

Representations can now be made only on the soundness and legal compliance of the proposed Main Modifications, or the SA Addendum or HRA Addendum relating to these. Note that comments on any other aspects of the Local Plan will not be accepted.

All representations will be forwarded to the Inspector who will take account of them in preparing his report.

Public consultation on the main modifications starts on Friday 01 February 2019 and ends at 23:59 on Thursday 28 March 2019. Please use the representations form below. Your representations can be submitted by email (planningpolicy@southdowns.gov.uk) or by post (see ‘Statement of Representations’ below for full postal address).

Please see the Statement of Representations Procedure below for full details of how to make comments, and where you can view the main modifications and supporting documentation.

The SDNPA has prepared an informal track-changed version of the Local Plan to include all Main Modifications and Minor Edits. See the Local Plan webpage for further details.

Minor edits

The Authority has also prepared a separate schedule of minor edits, which are published for information only. This incorporates the previously published ‘SDNPA.3A Minor Edits 02 November 2018’ (which is in the core document library under ‘Authority’s documents’)

Note that the minor edits do not affect the soundness or legal compliance of the Local Plan. Therefore we cannot accept comments on these changes.

SDNPA.16A Minor edits schedule

The Authority has also prepared a separate schedule of minor edits, which are published for information only. This incorporates the previously published ‘SDNPA.3A Minor Edits 02 November 2018’ (which is in the core document library under ‘Authority’s documents’)

Note that the minor edits do not affect the soundness or legal compliance of the Local Plan. Therefore we cannot accept comments on these changes.
Update 15/02/19 – the Minor Edits schedule has been updated. This is because some minor corrections were needed including some minor omissions. These further minor edits will not affect comments already prepared or submitted on the Main Modifications

Minor Edits 2019 FINAL rev1

Policies Map – Neighbourhood Plans

The SDNPA is in the process of updating the Policies Map to incorporate neighbourhood plans that have been made after April 2018. The following parishes have recently made neighbourhood plans; corresponding updates will be made to the Policies Map after the Local Plan has been adopted:

Ditchling, Westmeston & Streat

Petworth

Plumpton

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