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Castle Point Local Plan Main Modifications Consultation 2021

Friday 10th December 2021 – Friday 4th February 2022

I am writing to you to advise you about the Castle Point Local Plan Main Modifications Consultation.

What has happened?

The Castle Point Local Plan was submitted to the Government on 2nd October 2020 for examination. At the time of the submission a schedule of proposed changes was submitted with the Plan. These changes did not form part of the Plan but set out a response to the representations made at the Regulation 19 Consultation stage.

The Inspector, Mr Philip Lewis, is undertaking an examination of the submitted Local Plan. As part of this process he issued Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) in February 2021 that he wished to consider as part of the examination process. Written statements were invited to these MIQs, and then during May and June 2021, a series of hearing sessions took place to explore these MIQs in more detail.

As a consequence of the initial Regulation 19 representations, and then the process of examining the plan through the consideration of MIQs, a series of proposed Main Modifications have arisen which are required to make the plan sound and/or legally compliant. The Inspector has invited the Council to consult on these main modifications before he prepares his final report on the examination of the Castle Point Local Plan. The examination will be concluded when the Inspector issues his report to the Council.  Separately, the Council is undertaking consultation on changes to the Policies Map, and regarding proposed Additional Modifications. 

What is the consultation about?

The following documents are the subject of consultation:

  • The Schedule of Main Modifications dated November 2021, sets out a series of changes required to ensure that the Local Plan is sound and/or legally compliant.
  • The Schedule of Modifications to the Policies Map dated November 2021 identifies changes to the Policy Map required to reflect the main modifications detailed in the Schedule of Main Modifications.
  • The Schedule of Additional Modifications dated November 2021 identifies minor changes to the Local Plan for editorial purposes.  These are changes which do not materially affect the policies in the Plan and fall outside the scope of the examination by the Inspector.
  • The Main Modifications Sustainability Appraisal Environmental Report, November 2021, updates previous versions of the Sustainability Appraisal to reflect the Main Modifications and is subject to consultation in accordance with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.
  • The Habitats Regulations Assessment (Scoping Report and Appropriate Assessment), November 2021 updates previous version of the Habitat Regulations Assessment to reflect the Main Modifications.
  • The Equality Impact Assessment, November 2021 updates previous versions to reflect the Main Modifications.

Consultation comments are welcomed on the above listed documents only. In relation to the Schedule of Main Modifications, no representations should be made about parts of the Plan that are not proposed to be modified. Such representations will not be considered by the Inspector. It is also not necessary to repeat comments already made on other aspects of the Plan, as these have already been considered by the Inspector.

Where can Information about the consultation be found?

The documents set out above are available to view online at: www.castlepoint.gov.uk/main-modifications-consultation

They are also available to view in the following locations during opening hours. Please note opening hours may vary over the Christmas and New Year holidays:

  • Council Offices, Kiln Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1TF (By appointment only)
  • Canvey Library, 2 High Street, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 7RB
  • Hadleigh Library, 180 London Road, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PD
  • South Benfleet Library, 264 High Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 5HD
  • Great Tarpots Library, 127 London Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 5UH

How to respond to the consultation

Representations are invited from Friday 10th December 2021 until 5pm on Friday 4th February 2022.

Representation may be made electronically or by post. Anyone wishing to make a representation is encouraged to use the Representation Form available at: www.castlepoint.gov.uk/main-modifications-consultation.  Alternatively, response form can be collected from any of the locations listed above. Representations can be:

Emailed: localplan@castlepoint.gov.uk

Posted: Local Plan, Castle Point Borough Council, Kiln Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1TF

What will happen to any representations made?

Representations made in respect of this consultation will be passed to the Inspector for consideration in the preparation of his report regarding the examination of the Castle Point Local Plan. The Council expects to receive this report in 2022 and will publish it on the Council’s website once received.

Data Protection

In responding to this consultation, the Council will receive and process your personal information and you are consenting to the storage and future use of your personal information in line with the Council’s privacy notice. If you wish to know more about the processing of your personal information please see the Council’s privacy notice on its website: www.castlepoint.gov.uk/privacy-notices

Please note that hardcopy letters will be sent to all residential and business addresses in Castle Point.


PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON REGIONAL TRANSPORT STRATEGY

Public consultation launched

We are delighted to have launched a public consultation on our draft regional Transport Strategy for the East.

Covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, the strategy sets a series of priorities for better transport for everybody living, working, and learning in the region up to 2050.

The draft strategy, which will guide future transport investment, has been developed through technical evidence analysis and talking with the public and our partners to make sure it aligns with local ambitions and needs.

The public consultation is your opportunity to help us refine the Transport Strategy and shape the future of transport in the region, and we are encouraging everyone to take part by completing our online survey. The online consultation will close on Sunday, 30 January 2022.

It also includes questions about our Investment and Delivery Programme – an evolving programme of schemes which will set out our investment priorities to Government.

A virtual exhibition and other consultation materials summarising our Transport Strategy and Investment and Delivery Programme are available on our website.

Have your say on our draft Transport Strategy