St Albans delays core strategy until after NPPF

St Albans City and District Council has announced that it will not issue its core strategy until the government has finalised the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and revoked the East of England plan.

St Albans: core strategy was due to be discussed by its cabinet on 1 November
St Albans: core strategy was due to be discussed by its cabinet on 1 November
St Albans City and District Council has announced that it will not issue its core strategy until the government has finalised the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and revoked the East of England plan.

The local authority’s core strategy was due to be discussed by its cabinet on 1 November.

But in a statement issued yesterday, the council said that its cabinet instead "approved an amended timetable which means that the council will not issue its core planning strategy until the government has finalised the NPPF and revoked the East of England plan".

The local authority said that the decision had been made "following legal advice". "A number of other councils around the country who are mid way through the development of their core strategies are similarly affected," the statement said.

The statement added that the council’s pre-submission core strategy – the document that will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate – would be published around three months "after the later of the publication of the final NPPF or the revocation of the East of England plan".

Teresa Heritage, portfolio holder for planning and conservation at St Albans City and District Council, said: "I am disappointed that we need to hold up the district’s core planning strategy, which was due to be discussed by cabinet on 1 November.

"We have to make sure we get the timing right so our final core strategy document is suitably robust in legal terms.

"We will more to finalise our planning core strategy as soon as the government revokes the East of England plan and issues the NPPF."

jamie.carpenter@haymarket.com


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