City Plan Part Two Main Modifications Consultation

Closed 5 May 2022

Opened 17 Mar 2022

Overview

Role of the City Plan Part Two

The role of the City Plan Part 2 is to support the implementation and delivery of City Plan Part 1 to: 

  • build on the strategic policy framework
  • identify and allocate additional development sites
  • set out a detailed policy framework to assist in the determination of planning applications

The policies in City Plan Part 2 will replace the remaining ‘saved’ policies from the 2005 Local Plan.

Current stage in City Plan Part 2 preparation

The council formally submitted the City Plan Part 2, together with the supporting documents, to the Secretary of State for examination. Examination hearings took place in November 2021. 

Purpose of this Consultation 

Following the examination hearings in November 2021, the Inspector wrote to the council. Her Post Hearing Action Note (INSP09) sets out the changes or Main Modifications she considers may be needed to ensure the City Plan Part 2 is legally compliant and passes the government’s tests of ‘soundness’.

The Inspector has asked that we consult on these Main Modifications (MMs). Members of the TECC Committee at their 10 March meeting approved these MM for public consultation.

The Schedule of Main Modifications (BHCC44) sets out the specific changes to the wording of certain policies and supporting text of the City Plan Part Two.

Changes are needed to how the City Plan Part Two will be shown on the Policies Map. These are set out in a separate schedule (BHCC48).

Please note that representations are only to be made on the MMs. This consultation is not an opportunity to raise new matters or to make comments on other areas of the Plan which remain unchanged. There is also no need to repeat representations that have been submitted previously and which have already been provided to the Inspector.

We are also proposing additional modifications to the City Plan Part 2. These are non-consequential changes and are not necessary for soundness. These changes make the Plan clearer and provide factual updates but don’t materially affect the implementation of the plan policies.

These are set out in a Schedule of Additional Modifications (BHCC49) which is available as part of the consultation.

Where to view the Consultation Documents

Go to our Examination documents from the council page to view:

A tracked change version of the City Plan Part Two (BHCC50) is also available to read.

Read paper copies of the consultation documents at:

  • Brighton Customer Service Centre, Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JE (open from 9am to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays);
  • City libraries (apart from Carden Library) during normal opening hours which you can check here.

When comments must be made

Your comments must be received between Thursday 17th March 2022 and 23.59 Thursday 5th May 2022.

Only those representations made via the on-line consultation portal, by email or writing which arrive at the address specified within the specified consultation period will have a right to be considered by the Inspector. The Statement of Representations Procedure and availability of documents (BHCC51) is available to view. 

How to make comments

Guidance on Making your Comments

The MMs are numbered MM1 – MM49. Please include the MM number within your response.  

The City Plan Part Two has been guided by previous consultation, as well as considerable research and evidence gathering. The policies in the plan must be based on evidence, all of which you can view in the Examination Library. 

You should provide succinctly all the evidence and supporting information necessary to support your comment and your suggested modification. 

If you are part of a representative organisation or group of individuals who share a common view on the Plan, it would be helpful to make a single representation, rather than submitting a large number of separate representations repeating the same points. If you are working as a group, please tell us who you are representing and how your representation has been agreed/authorised. 

Below are some questions to consider when commenting on the Main Modifications:  

  • Are there any Main Modifications you particularly support, and why? 
  • Are there any Main Modifications which you consider not to be ‘sound’ or legally compliant? If so, why and what needs changing for the Plan to be found sound? 

If you wish to make a representation on a Main Modification, including any suggested changes to a Main Modification, you should make clear how your comments relate to the tests of soundness, the legal compliance and duty to cooperate. 

You can read further guidance on taking part in examinations on GOV.UK: Local plans: taking part in examinations

We recommend you make your comments using the questions on this consultation portal page; this will help us handle your comments quickly and efficiently.

Alternatively email: planningpolicy@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Or write to:   

CPP2 Policy Projects and Heritage Team, Brighton & Hove City Council, First Floor Hove Town Hall, Norton Road BN3 3BQ

Please be aware that all representations we receive will be publicly available (personal contact details will not be published).

Next Stages 

The Inspector will consider all the representations made on the proposed MMs before finalising the examination report and the schedule of recommended MMs. Normally, all issues arising from the consultation on the MMs should be capable of being considered through the written representations procedure. Further hearing sessions will only be necessary exceptionally.

Previous stages in City Plan Part 2 preparation

What happens next

Next stages 

The Inspector will consider all the representations made on the proposed MMs before finalising the examination report and the schedule of recommended MMs. Normally, all issues arising from the consultation on the MMs should be capable of being considered through the written representations procedure. Further hearing sessions will only be necessary exceptionally.