South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18)

Comment ID 1822
Document Section South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Introduction Duty to Co-operate and Statements of Common Ground Text Block View all on this section
Respondent Home Builders Federation (S Green) View all by this respondent
Response Date 18 Sep 2019


Thank you for consulting with the Home Builders Federation (HBF) on the above-mentioned consultation. The HBF is the principal representative body of the house-building industry in England and Wales. Our representations reflect the views of our membership, which includes multi-national PLC’s, regional developers and small, local builders. In any one year, our members account for over 80% of all new “for sale” market housing built in England and Wales as well as a large proportion of newly built affordable housing. We would like to submit the following responses to the above-mentioned consultation.

Duty to Co-operate

To fully meet the legal requirements of the Duty to Co-operate South Somerset District Council should engage on a constructive, active and on-going basis with its neighbouring authorities to maximise the effectiveness of plan making. The South Somerset LPR should be prepared through joint working on cross boundary issues. A key element of Local Plan Examination is ensuring that there is certainty through formal agreements that an effective strategy is in place to deal with strategic matters when Local Plans are adopted. As set out in the 2019 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (paras 24, 26 & 27) the Council should provide a signed Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) between itself and Dorset Council, Wiltshire Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West & Taunton Council, and East Devon Council. The LPR should be based on effective joint working on cross boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred as evidenced by a SoCG (para 35c).