Charnwood Borough Council adopted its Core Strategy on 9 November 2015. The Core Strategy will set the strategic vision for the development in the Borough up to 2028.
Charnwood Borough Council published their pre-submission draft Core strategy for a consultation that took place between 10 June 2013 and 22 July 2013. The pre-submission draft plan had been prepared to set the strategy for the Borough for between the years 2006 and 2028.
Charnwood Borough Council then submitted the consultation draft version of their Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for examination on 20 December 2013. The Initial hearing sessions were then held on 19 and 20 March 2014.
Following the initial hearing sessions the Inspector wrote to the Council on 1 April 2014. The Inspector had found that as the Council had submitted their Core Strategy before work on their SHMA and as a result their overall housing provision was complete the examination should be suspended.
On 15 July 2014 the Council wrote to the Inspector to confirm that the further work that had been requested was complete, and the inspector was satisfied that the examination could resume from 7 October 2014.
Further hearing sessions were held between 9 December 2014 and 16 January 2015. Following the hearing sessions the Inspector again wrote to the Council on 22 January 2015. The Inspector's letter concluded that the plan could be found sound if modifications were made, and that these modifications would need to be available for consultation.
Charnwood Borough Council then published their Schedule of Main Modifications for a consultation that took place between 13 April 2015 and 26 May 2015. In June 2015 a Written Ministerial Statement on wind energy was issued, which as a result the Inspector recommended that the Council undertake a consultation on a Additional Main Modification. The consultation on the Additional Main Modification took place between 22 July 2015 and 2 September 2015.
The Core Strategy for Charnwood Borough Council was inspected and approved on 21 September 2015. The Inspector's report on the Charnwood Core Strategy had found that, provided a number of modifications were made, the plan is sound. The modifications recommended by the Inspector had been suggested by the Council during the examination. The modifications included:
- Increasing the annual average housing provision to 820 homes and clarify that this provision is considered to be a minimum.
- The time period for housing provision is to be amended to 2011-2028.
- Clarify the Councils approach to sources of employment land and what contribution strategic locations will make so that the growth of housing and jobs is broadly aligned.
- Ensure that the figures for housing distribution reflect the new target of 820 homes per annum and reflect completions in other settlements.
- Include a realistic housing trajectory that reflects the up to date evidence
- Delete one housing zone as a result of current commitments
- Set a monitoring framework
- Include a list of policies from the Local Plan that are being superseded by the Core Strategy
- Amend the wording of a number of policies so that they are clear and provide the flexibility to reflect the up to date evidence.