The saved Warwickshire Structure Plan policies were formally revoked by Statutory Order SI 2013/933. This was laid in Parliament on 24th April 2013 and came into effect on 20th May 2013. Therefore as of the 20th May 2013, the saved Warwickshire Structure Plan policies no longer form part of the statutory development plan for Warwickshire.
The County Council was formerly responsible for the preparation of the Structure Plan. The plan provided a broad policy framework for the development of land across the County for the period up to 2011. The plan was adopted on 21st August 2001.
Warwickshire Structure Plan Saved Policies
The Warwickshire Structure Plan (1996-2011) was saved for a period of 3 years post-commencement of the Act i.e. until September 2007.
The West Midlands Regional Assembly as Regional Planning Body requested and made a case to the Secretary of State to extend the period of any of the policies within the saved Structure Plan.
The County Council provided its advice to the Regional Assembly as to which policies ought to be saved. This was considered by the Assembly’s Regional Planning Partnership at the meeting held on the 15th March 2007.
The provisions of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act state that the transition period during which a saved policy would continue to be saved would come to an end either at the end of three years, or when a new policy expressly replaces it, whichever comes first. However, the Secretary of State directed that in the case of the Warwickshire Structure Plan the first of the above conditions does not apply and as such the policies remain saved until replaced by new policies. So the question of expiry does not apply to the structure plan policies.
The Localism Act received Royal assent on 15th November 2011. The Act provides the Secretary of State with power to make an Order to revoke the saved Structure Plan policies. The Secretary of State has not used that power yet, so at present the saved structure plans remain part of the development plan. However, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that in the case of development plan policies adopted before 2004 due weight should be given to the policies according to their degree of consistency with the NPPF framework i.e. the closer the policies in the plan to the policies in the Framework, the greater the weight that may be given.
The Warwickshire Structure Plan downloads
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Warwickshire Structure Plan (WASP) Monitoring Report (1996-2003)
This monitoring report provides the raw information on how the policies are performing and its analysis will provide the bedrock for the management and review of the plan.
Its purpose is to monitor the impact of the policies against indicative targets such as affordable housing provision and amount of urban brownfield development.
It also attempts to test various underlying assumptions in the WASP in terms of the level of shift between the manufacturing and service sectors.
As a result of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, which abolishes structure plans, this will be the last structure plan monitoring report. The act requires authorities to produce an Annual Monitoring Report which will review progress of the emerging Local Development Documents against the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme and assess the extent to which policies in the Local Development Documents are being successfully implemented.