The Inspectors report has found that the Crawley Local Plan is sound, provided that modifications are made. The majority of the modifications were proposed by the Council although some amendments were made by the inspector. The modifications include:
- Updating the housing requirement to reflect recent household projections;
- Updating the housing allocations and specifying the open space requirements for mixed-use housing/open space allocations;
- Adding a ‘housing for older people’ site in line with national policy and a small ‘housing, biodiversity and heritage’ site;
- Emphasising that the Council will work with neighbouring authorities to seek to deliver the housing need that cannot be met within the Borough;
- Updating the employment land supply and clarifying the approach to main employment areas;
- Identifying potential small employment areas in the rural fringe;
- Adjusting the approach to retail development, heritage assets and biodiversity to ensure consistency with national policy;
- Updating the approach to housing standards and sustainable construction to reflect current national policy;
- Ensuring that the impacts of noise arising from industrial and transport sources are dealt with in accordance with current guidance.
Crawley Borough Council had published its proposed submission draft Local Plan for a consultation that took place between 1 September 2014 and 13 October 2014. The Council then submitted their plan for examination on 26 November 2014.
Following the submission of the plan examination hearins were held between 17 March 2015 and 18 May 2015. As a result of the hearings a consultation on the Councils modifications between 1 July 2015 and 12 August 2015.