Read our Local Development Plan HERE

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A quick understanding of our Local Development Plan (LDP) Process

 

  • The Scottish Government has a Strategic Plan for the whole of Scotland - Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) (June 2014).

  • The Strategic Plan for Kilmacolm is covered by Clydeplan Strategic Development Plan (SDP), which was finally approved by Scottish Ministers on 24th July 2017.

  • Inverclyde Council (IC) has to prepare an LDP which meets the requirement laid down in Clydeplan.

  • In preparation they asked all the developers what proposals they have for housing - amongst other things – this was the ‘Call for Sites’ (June 2016)

  • From this data, IC Planning Department produced the ‘Main Issues Report’ (March 2017) in which they thought that there was a requirement for 200 houses around Kilmacolm. 

  • The IC Planning Department decided to pick West of Quarry Drive and Planetreeyetts as ‘preferred’ locations even although there was no requirement for them to do so.

  • However, the KRA was formed to raise awareness of this – as most in Kilmacolm didn’t know about these Inverclyde Council Planning Officials 'preferred' proposals.

  • From knowing nothing about the Planning System we had to learn how it works and read the Clydeplan Strategic Development Plan from cover to cover.

  • When IC was preparing the draft LDP we made a presentation to them and provided a copy of our now famous Dossier.

  • We proved that in Clydeplan there is NO requirement for any houses to be built at Kilmacolm or Quarriers Village.  There is a healthy surplus of land in the West Renfrewshire Housing Market Area (HMA) which our villages belong.  Yes, it might seem strange but for housing Kilmacolm is most definitely in Renfrewshire!

  • IC accepted our proof and removed all requirements for the release of greenbelt around Kilmacolm and issued their draft LDP for consultation.

  • Now this wasn’t what all the developers want to hear – and they all made representations to IC to have the LDP changed.  This action created what IC calls Schedule 4s (un-resolved issues) and these are decided by a Reporter at the DPEA (Scottish Government).

  • The Reporter has concluded his investigation and has written to Clydeplan and IC for further clarification on how the LDP was created.

  • Clydeplan replied, “The SDP does not set out a housing land requirement for 200 houses in the Inverclyde part of the Renfrewshire housing sub-market area.”

  • IC replied that their plan was fully in keeping with the SDP.

  • Finally the Reporter agreed with Inverclyde Council's LDP and the current greenbelt is still safe.

  • Inverclyde Council now adopts the plan officially. 

  • UPDATE...

  • Inverclyde Council has a proper 'Plan Led' LDP fully approved by the Scottish Government

  • Is that the end? - Well no!

  • Gladman Developments Ltd puts forward an application to build houses at Carsemeadow in Quarriers Village which is refused by Inverclyde Council (this doesn't include North Denniston - that will still come)

  • The refusal was then referred to the DPEA (a Scottish Government department to resolve issues like this) and they agreed with Inverclyde Council that there was no need for this as it was not in the approved 'Plan Led' Local Development Plan.

  • Gladman then appeals to the Court of Session and wins!

  • The Carsemeadow application is returned to the DPEA to be re-considered.

  • Meanwhile - the Scottish Ministers say that the action in the Court of Session undermines their requirement for a Plan Led system in Scotland.

  • A Consultation is then started to remove the 'Presumption' in favour of sustainable development and also make clarifications to how housing numbers are calculated.

The next few weeks are going to be interesting - one commentator has said about the 'game' being played just now with Gladman is changing - read the full article HERE:

 

Tilted Balance - it was good while it lasted?

SPP is, of course, Scottish government’s policy 'ball', and they are free to take it away if they want. But in deleting the presumption in favour of sustainable development, they would not merely be taking their ball away, as bursting it so it can never be used again.

 

 

 

 

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