At a meeting of the Arun District Council Full Council meeting on 22 March 2017, Councillors agreed to modifications to the Local Plan which will now be put forward for public consultation.
The consultation will begin in April and run for a minimum of six weeks, with public comment invited on the modifications only, not the plan as a whole. The updated plan now addresses observations and issues that the Inspector, Jonathan Bore, highlighted in July 2015.
As part of the process the Inspector will assess the modifications and any public comments that have been received through public examination hearings. He will pass judgement on whether the plan is sound and can be adopted or he may recommend further changes.
The current recommendation, based on infrastructure studies and sustainability appraisals is for 1,000 homes per year, until 2031.
Cllr Ricky Bower, Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure said “The decision made by councillors at the meeting of the Full Council is significant and a real step closer to getting the Local Plan agreed. The in-depth infrastructure studies and appraisals that have been undertaken show that the recommended number of homes is sustainable in the district. We acknowledge that this is a sensitive subject for all Arun residents but we cannot get away from the fact that houses need to be built.”