Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Comment ID 186
Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 2 -Town Centre strategy MM/018 MM/018 [View all comments on this section]
Respondent N/A - Tesco Stores Limited [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Mark Buxton - RPS
Response Date 27 Jan 2020

Paragraph 2.20/2.21 (MM/018)

The proposed deletion of reference to ‘Millennium Way’ forming part of a link between Margate Road and Westwood Road in paragraph 2.20 is welcomed.

However, the requirement in paragraph 2.21 for any new development to be consistent with the aims of a forthcoming SPD which is to consider short, medium and long term solutions in 3 phases is considered unduly onerous and needs to be reworded in order to be considered sound.

Firstly, there is no clarity or certainty provided on the timing of the Westwood Area SPD. To require development to have regard to the provisions of the SPD and also the Westwood Relief Strategy (under MM/019) has the potential to sterilise any development coming forward until the SPD is adopted, irrespective of whether it would have an impact on the content of the SPD or the delivery of the Relief Strategy.

Secondly, Phase 1 refers to the ‘Completion of Westwood Relief Strategy’. The Westwood Relief Strategy retains references to the extension of Millennium Way/routes across Tesco’s land interests subject of duly made objections to the Submission Local Plan. Those stated concerns over the delivery and routing of this element of the potential link presumably led the Inspectors to recommend the proposed deletion of any direct reference to Millennium Way in these Main Modifications. Reference in the Local Plan to a Relief Strategy (without any amendment) which retains such aspirations therefore rather undermines these Main Modifications (including MM/077).

It is therefore considered that reference to the SPD and Westwood Relief Strategy should either be removed and addressed in the early review of the Local Plan, or reworded to clarify that:

developments may come forward in advance of the adoption of the SPD subject to satisfying issues of transport impact etc.

the Westwood Relief Strategy is to be amended to remove direct reference to an extension to Millennium Way

in the event of any conflict between the content of the Local Plan and the SPD/Relief Strategy the Local Plan takes precedence.

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