Decision details

Crawley Borough Local Plan 2020 – 2035 Submission Draft Factual Update for Consultation and Supporting and Technical Evidence Base Documents

Decision Maker: Head of Economic and Planning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The 27 November 2019 Cabinet approved the delegation of factual amendments to the Local Plan necessary in accordance with national policy to the Head of Economy and Planning (paragraph 2.2(a)(i), Submission Crawley Local Plan 2020 – 2035 Cabinet Report: PES/336).
Since the Cabinet version of the Local Plan was prepared, there have been a number of amendments made to the text of the Local Plan document. These are all “factual and necessary in accordance with national policy”.

In addition, Cabinet approved the delegation of the approval of the supporting documents for the Local Plan and technical evidence base documents to support the Local Plan through Examination to the Head of Economy and Planning (paragraph 2.2(a)(iii), Submission Crawley Local Plan 2020 – 2035 Cabinet Report: PES/336).
The following documents have been prepared to support the Local Plan at Public Consultation and Examination:
? Local Plan Map
? Draft Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment (January 2020)
? Habitat Regulations Assessment Scoping Report (January 2020)
? Draft Consultation Statement (January 2020)
? Draft Infrastructure Plan (January 2020)
? Housing Trajectory (31 December 2019)
? Employment Land Trajectory (31 December 2019)
? Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (January 2020)
? Northern West Sussex Strategic Housing Market Assessment (November 2019)
? Northern West Sussex Economic Growth Assessment (January 2020)
? Crawley Retail, Commercial Leisure and Town Centre Needs Assessment (January 2020)
? EcoServe – GIS Report (March 2019)


Option 2 was chosen as the most appropriate approach. The changes proposed are minor and factual and will assist in ensuring the Plan considered at public consultation and subsequently by the Inspector at Examination is the Plan the council considers to be most up-to-date and sound.
Approval is granted for the publication and submission of the Submission draft Local Plan 2020 – 2035 (January 2020) and the accompanying supporting and technical evidence base documents.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Not to update the Local Plan and continue to publication (Regulation 19) consultation with the Local Plan on the basis of the Cabinet Version (November 2019).
Option 2 - To make factual updates to the Local Plan to ensure the Local Plan is published for formal (Regulation 19) consultation in accordance with the most up-to-date and procedurally/legally correct position (Chosen Option).
Option 3 - Not to proceed to Publication Consultation at this stage.

Publication date: 27/01/2020

Date of decision: 17/01/2020