Decision details

The New Local Plan Governance Arrangements

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Council is about to embark on the process of preparing a new Local Plan and

a new approach to the governance Plan making process is proposed. The

governance arrangements around the preparation of the new Plan are key to

ensuring that a transparent and pro-active engagement methodology is taken to

the development of new policies and proposals for the new Local Plan.




a)    approve the proposed Local Plan governance arrangements , as set out by the EELGA Peer Review Team (Appendix A), with the exception of

its recommended numerical composition of the Local Plan Leadership Group (LPLG), the suggestion that the LPLG should meet in private and to not endorse EELGA’s recommendation to Full Council to establish a distinct Local Plan Scrutiny Committee.

Cabinet is resolved to agree that LPLG is instead made up of a greater number of members than proposed to allow not only for proportionate political but also geographical representation across the district and also held by way of a public meeting, although at liberty to hold meetings in private as necessary when discussing confidential information (as outlined in paragraph 13 of this report) and,


b. use the organogram highlighted in Appendix B to illustrate the governance arrangements instead of the one included in the peer review team’s report and,


c. review the Local Plan governance arrangements in December 2020 to

ensure that the new structure is providing the foundations for the timely

delivery of the Local Plan and,


d. to note the comments following 6th July Scrutiny Committee’s consideration of the governance arrangements as outlined in the supplementary report.

Publication date: 14/07/2020

Date of decision: 09/07/2020

Decided at meeting: 09/07/2020 - Cabinet

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