Residents and property developers are being asked to comment on an updated version of Rutland’s Supplementary Planning Document.
The document, known as the SPD, proposes to significantly scale back the use of planning agreements to secure community infrastructure, facilities and services as the council works to adopt a new government initiative for obtaining developer contributions. This is called the Community Infrastructure Levy and will be introduced by February 2016 if approved.
The new guidance also updates the council’s policy for securing affordable housing to meet the needs of local people. Again, the council’s guidance is revised to comply with recent changes to national planning policy guidance.
Consultation first took place around the SPD between May and June but the government has since announced further changes to policy affecting this specific area of work. A revised document has therefore been produced to accommodate these changes and people have until October 22 to share their views.
It is intended that this revised SPD will provide better support for the policies in the council’s adopted Local Plan and provide more detailed guidance to prospective developers and applicants for planning permission.
All documents relating to the SPD are available online and can be viewed or downloaded from www.rutland.gov.uk/spd.
They can also be inspected at the council’s offices in Oakham or at local libraries during normal opening hours.
Views are particularly sought on the new approach to prioritising essential infrastructure requirements and securing contributions towards the costs of delivering local affordable housing.
Once the consultation closes, the council will consider all the comments received and whether further changes to the draft planning policy document are needed.