Hart Council has outlined a new timetable for delivery of the Local Plan after the most recent delays. The new timetable looks quite ambitious:
27 September2016 – There is to be a workshop to go through the draft overarching policies, but not the spatial distribution strategy itself. The papers for the workshop are due to be published shortly.
17 October 2016 there will be a special meeting of the Local Plan Steering Group, open to all councillors, to discuss the Spatial Distribution strategy and the final version of the draft Local Plan. It is not yet clear when the documents related to this meeting will be published. [Update: We now expect the spatial strategy to be released on 11 October].
19 October 2016 – Special Cabinet to decide to go to consultation on the draft Local Plan.
20 October 2016 – Special Council to endorse Cabinet decision to go to consultation.
The dates for the Special Cabinet and Council meetings have been added to the official meeting schedule on Hart’s website.
It is not yet clear when the new Strategic Housing Market Assessment will be published, nor is it clear what the process will be if there are disagreements about the draft plan at the LPSG on 17 October.