The council does try to take people’s concerns into account in preparing the Local Plan.
For example, at previous consultations, people have raised a lot of concerns about the provision of infrastructure – education, health, utilities, transport, etc. Although the council is not directly responsible for a lot of these matters, it has been working actively with the various service providers to try to ensure that the necessary services are provided alongside new development.
However, like all planning authorities, the council is to some extent limited in terms of how its Plan can be framed. This is because it must follow national government guidance in order to ensure that the Local Plan is accepted through the independent Examination process (is found “sound” as mentioned above)
So, for example, the overall housing numbers that the council needs to find are determined by a specific formula in national guidance, and it is expected that councils will prepare Plans that meet those housing requirements. This means that objections relating to housing numbers have to be considered in this context. It is not open to the council to simply ignore those housing numbers. Permalink