Is the B&HCC 2012 City Plan still fit for purpose?

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

Background

The City Plan 2012 was based on educated professional assumptions about changes that will occur between 2012 and 2030.

Inevitably not all those assumptions stood the test of time. BrExit and it's consequences were not envisaged (e.g. will provision of Health Care or other services be affected?), nor that peak hour traffic growth would be so high, nor that sustainable transport (buses) is affected so badly by the growing congestion, nor that Air Pollution in Rottingdean AQMA has now risen above the legal limit despite the plans to reduce it.

The 2018 City Plan 2 focuses on the delivery of the City Plan irrespective of whether it's assumptions are now valid, or whether it's priorities are still correct or whether those plans are now likely to achieve the desired results. 

Request for Information.

What checks were made before the 2018 current round of consultation on City Plan 2 to ensure its fundamental assumptions were still valid?

What is the process by which local people and residents' groups can ensure the City Plan recognises changes and evolves to take into account changing circumstances? 

(i.e. to ensure it is a "living plan")

What quantitive (as opposed to qualitative) measurements have been made to check the City Plan is delivering its expected benefits?

(e.g. Rottingdean 2017 AQMA actual NO2 versus planned NO2 levels? A259 traffic congestion levels versus 2030 predictions?). 

Yours faithfully,

rob shepherd

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

Thank you for your in many ways comprehensive reply, which I think confirms my understanding that City Plan 2 is about implementation and makes no checks or adjustments for circumstances that have changed since the plan was approved.

However the part of the request asking how the City Plan evolves to take account of such changes, was not answered.

My particular concern was if the assumptions made about road capacities back in 2010/11 have not stood the test of time due to unforeseen circumstances, how does the plan change to meet this?

BrExit for example is a major change that was not anticipated when the Plan was drawn up or approved but conceptually could have implications for the City Plan in areas such as Health, and I remain unclear as to how the Plan would evolve to cater for change in circumstances that alter what should be implemented.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

rob shepherd

Dear Mr Shepherd
 
Please see the response from the Council Team;
 
The City Plan Part 1 was adopted 2016 and forms part of the development
plan for the city until it is replaced or superseded by other development
plan documents.

Proposed development that accords with an up-to-date Local Plan should be
approved, and proposed development that conflicts should be refused unless
other material considerations indicate otherwise.

Local Plans can be reviewed in part or whole by the local planning
authority but a full or partial review would be required to follow the
government regulations for preparing, consulting, submitting the Plan for
examination and adoption. The government's published Planning Practice
Guidance contains further information on preparing Local Plans:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-plans--2 .

Therefore the City Plan cannot 'evolve' as queried in your email but would
need to be formally updated in part or whole.

The council's published Local Development Scheme sets out the council's
three year forward plan for preparing local plan documents:
https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sites/b...
. There are no plans to review the City Plan Part 1 within the published
work programme as work is focused on the City Plan Part Two which will
support the implementation and delivery of City Plan Part 1.

As mentioned in the previous email response under proposed changes to
National Planning Policy Framework there is proposed to be a requirement
for local authorities within five years of adoption to assess whether the
plans are up to date and outline a programme for reviewing plans/ policies
within plans where the council consider them to be out of date/ no longer
comply with government policy. As part of any review of the City Plan Part
1, the council would then consider what background information it would
require and need to update, such as the Strategic Transport Assessment, in
order to assist with the development of a new or revised plan.

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

Thank you for your in many ways comprehensive reply, which I think
confirms my understanding that City Plan 2 is about implementation and
makes no checks or adjustments for circumstances that have changed since
the plan was approved.

However the part of the request asking how the City Plan evolves to take
account of such changes, was not answered.

My particular concern was if the assumptions made about road capacities
back in 2010/11 have not stood the test of time due to unforeseen
circumstances, how does the plan change to meet this?

BrExit for example is a major change that was not anticipated when the
Plan was drawn up or approved but conceptually could have implications for
the City Plan in areas such as Health, and I remain unclear as to how the
Plan would evolve to cater for change in circumstances that alter what
should be implemented.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

rob shepherd

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

Thank you for your helpful reply

Yours sincerely,

rob shepherd