Basildon Labour have submitted an emergency motion to be discussed at tonight’s Full
Council Meeting at Basildon Council. The motion refers to government plans to release a
new version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on 24 July 2018 and
highlights the potential consequences for Basildon Borough and our Local Plan.

Council’s must submit a Publication Local Plan to government within 6 months of a new
NPPF being release or be subject to the new rules within it. Part of this will be the
Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing. Previous new releases have always led to
Basildon Borough’s housing need increasing meaning these new homes must be
incorporated in to the Local Plan before submission to government. It is estimated that
Basildon Borough will be expected to take an additional 20% of new homes equating to
circa 4000 on top of the 20,000 already designated to the borough.

Says Adele Brown, Leader of the Basildon Labour Group, “Full Council will not meet again
until October after our meeting tonight. The release of the new NPPF could have serious
consequences for our borough and all councillors need to understand the potential
impacts. We cannot wait for 3 months, by which point we would have only 3 months left to
meet the governments timetable.”

Conservative councillors with their ‘not in my back yard’ attitude.

Adele adds “given the proposed delays by the Basildon Conservatives to publishing our
Local Development Scheme we need assurances that the Ministry of Homes,
Communities and Local Government have given Basildon Council an exemption from the
new NPPF rules even if we cannot publish our Local Plan within 6 months from 24 July
2018. Hence why we are calling for a formal letter to be sent to all councillors outlining
the councils position followed by an all member briefing with our Planning Officers and
Government Officials. We are calling on the Conservatives to allow this motion to be
debated tonight and for the recommendations we are requesting to be put in place.”

The emergency motion is as follows:

That this council

Notes the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s speech to the Policy Exchange on 2nd July 2018 in which he outlined that the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will be presented to Council before 24 July 2018;

Understands that any local plan that is not submitted to the Government within six months of the NPPF publication will have to adopt the new rules and the new formula for Objectively Assessed Need;

Recognises that on each occasion when the OAN has been revised the Basildon Borough has seen an increase in the number of new homes the Government requires to be built;

Recognises that the Council will not meet again, following publication of the NPPF until 18 October 2018 by which time the Council will have only 3 months left to complete the Local Plan before falling foul of the new NPPF guidelines;

Requires immediate clarification from the Chief Executive Officer over whether the delays to the LDS timeline which Council approved on 7 June 2018 and which were communicated to the Director of Planning at the Department has ensured Basildon Borough Council has received an exemption from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and will not have to adopt new NPPF rules even if we exceed the six-month Government target;

This council resolves that:

The Chief Executive Officer will send a letter to all 42 Members of the Council urgently outlining the position of Basildon Council’s Local Plan following meetings with the Director of Planning and Government officials;

The Chief Executive Officer will arrange an all Member meeting with Planning Officers and Government Officials to outline the impact of the Secretary of State’s proposed new NPPF within one month of its publication.”

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