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Update to the Local Development Scheme (LDS) and Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the timetable for the review of the Harrow Local Plan (as outlined in the LDS 2018-2021) and agree to consultation on the draft Statement of Community Involvement (which outlines the approaches to consultation on the Local Plan review)





(1)          the revised Local Development Scheme (LDS) at appendix 1 to the report be approved for publication and that the Scheme come into effect from 1 April 2018;


(2)          the draft updated Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) at appendix 2 to the report be consulted on, with the outcomes of the consultation being reported back to the Cabinet for consideration and adoption of the document, amended where appropriate in response to comments received during the consultation period;


(3)          the Divisional Director of Regeneration and Planning, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Business, Planning and Regeneration, be authorised to make any necessary formatting, typographical and factual amendments to the revised LDS and draft updated SCI prior to publishing the documents on the Council’s website.


Reason for Decision:  To adhere to the requirements of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended), which places a statutory duty on the Council to maintain an up-to-date LDS.  The Localism Act 2011 stipulates that the LDS must be updated every three years.  The revised LDS (attached at Appendix 1 to the report) would fulfil that requirement.


The Government had recently amended the Local Plan Regulations and introduced a requirement that the Local Plan and the SCI should be updated at least every five years.  This new requirement would come into effect in April 2018. Harrow Council’s current SCI was adopted in March 2013 and the recommendation to consult on the draft updated SCI attached at Appendix 2 to the report (and subsequent adoption thereafter) would meet the new requirements.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Paul Nichols

Publication date: 16/03/2018

Date of decision: 15/03/2018

Decided at meeting: 15/03/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/03/2018

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