Decision details

Process for the Continuing Application of the Local Sites Selection Guidelines relating to Local (Wildlife and Geological) Sites (Local Plan Policy 31) and their Identification on the Local Plan Policies Map to inform decisions on planning applicati

Decision Maker: Executive Director of Place

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

The reason for the decision is to provide a transparent process for the continued assessment of up-to-date evidence post Local Plan adoption. Such evidence informs changes to Local (Wildlife and Geological) Sites to which Policy 31 of the Local Plan applies, be they additional sites, amended site boundaries, or sites no longer meeting
the criteria for designation. These can be incorporated on, or removed from, as appropriate, the Local Plan’s Policies Map; and used in helping to determine relevant
planning applications.

Decision:

a)That the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance, Traded Services and Planning (or his/her successor) be delegated authority to consider recommendations from Doncaster’s Local Sites Partnership, for the inclusion, removal or amendment of sites, as considered against the Council adopted Local Site Selection Guidelines; changes
to be then shown on the Local Plan’s Policies Map, and taken into account when determining relevant planning applications.

b) Subject to the approval of (a), that the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance, Traded Services and Planning (or his/her successor) determines whether to make the recommended changes set out in Appendix 1 of this report.

Alternative options considered:

An alternative to the decision taken is only to update the Local Plan’s Policies Map as part of Local Plan Review – Local Planning Authorities have a duty to assess whether their adopted
Local Plans should be reviewed five years from adoption. For Doncaster, this would be by September 2026 at the latest. It should however be noted that the Levelling-up &
Regeneration Act 2023 proposes a number of reforms to the development-plan making system, including transitional arrangements, which means the timescales for a Review of the
Local Plan may change. However, in the intervening period, there is a risk that the absence of up to date assessed site information on the Policies Map could lead to misinformed planning decisions.
As Local Sites are to be identified as ‘areas of particular importance for biodiversity’ in Local Nature Recovery Strategy mapping and priority setting, this decision could also weaken the
validity of this work and delivery outcomes.

Publication date: 10/07/2024

Date of decision: 05/07/2024

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