(1) Mr Gough welcomed the report and said its length and comprehensiveness were a strong argument in favour of electronic papers. Mr Oakford introduced the report which set out the Inspector’s Report on the examination of the Early Partial Review (EPR) of the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan and the Kent Minerals Sites Plan (MSP). He said it was important to recognise the considerable efforts of Sharon Thompson and her team in progressing this work. Mr Oakford also said that, following publication of the pre-submission drafts, for the statutory period between January and March 2019, 405 representations had been received. Ms Thompson said the final phase of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan work would be the adoption of the Plans by the County Council. She also said the Inspector had found both Plans satisfactory subject to the modifications set out in paragraph 2.2 of the report and in the appendices to the Inspector’s report (Appendix A of the papers). Ms Thompson updated the Cabinet on the outcome of the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee’s consideration of a similar report at its meeting on 17 July and said all but one member, of that Committee had endorsed the recommendations.
(2) Mr Gough and Mr Oakford thanked Ms Thompson and her team for the comprehensive report.
(3) Resolved to:
(i) note the Inspector’s Report on the examination of the EPR and MSP and note his recommended modifications
(ii) note the recommendations of the Sustainability Appraisals of the EPR and MSP and
(iii) endorse the adoption of:
(a) the Kent Mineral Sites Plan (as modified by the Inspector’s recommendations) at Appendix B of the report; and
(b) the modifications to the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan as set out by the Early Partial Review (as modified by the Inspector’s recommendations) at Appendix C of the report.
(iv) note that the decision to adopt the Kent Mineral Sites Plan and modifications to the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan is a matter for County Council and request the County Council to:
(a) accept the modifications recommended by the Inspector to the Kent Mineral Sites Plan and modifications to the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan (as set out by the Early Partial Review); and
(b) adopt the Kent Mineral Sites Plan and modifications to the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan (as set out by the Early Partial Review) (as modified); and
(c) delegate powers to the Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport to approve any non-material changes to the text of the MSP and modifications to the KMWLP (as set out by the Early Partial Review) in consultation with the Deputy Leader prior to their publication.
(v) note and agree the future work activities on mineral and waste planning activities as set out in paragraph 5.5 of the report as the basis for a revised Local Development Scheme.