TAYplan Main Issues Report (MIR) was recently issued for consultation. The role of TAYplan is to prepare and maintain a Strategic Development Plan for the area covered by four Councils, being Perth & Kinross, Angus, Dundee City, and Fife (principally NE Fife). It addresses the main strategic and cross-border issues and options in these four areas. It covers the next 20 years, and is a stage in the process that will culminate in a Local Development Plan.
The TAYplan MIR presents options for the scale of growth and for where development should and should not be in Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and North Fife and it asks for our views on these and other issues. Comment is more effective at this stage because the options are still open. It is likely to be less so later in the preparation process for the Strategic Development Plan.
You can comment on TAYplan NOW!. This consultation period only runs until 2 July 2010. Copies of TAYplan MIR are available in Libraries, and on line at www.tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk/ just go to Main Issues Report Consultation. You have to register to submit your comments but it is a fairly painless process and by registering you should be kept up to date automatically.
For the views of our members to have maximum impact we would, however, also encourage you to register on the website and respond directly to TAYplan. You can get more detailed information about TAYplan MIR from the website on which you can base your comments. The text of the BCCG comment will be made available later. Please feel free to use any of our comments to supplement your own if you wish.
BCCG reps attended a workshop for community councils and organisations held by Perth & Kinross Council in May and were extremely concerned to learn of one of TAYplan’s possible development strategies.
Although Spatial Stategy B is not TAYplan’s “preferred” option it is an option for consideration and, if ultimately adopted, would, without exaggeration, irreversibly change the face of the Carse of Gowrie!!!
2 so-called “Spatial Strategy” options have been developed.
Strategy A concentrates development in the principal settlements of Perth and Dundee.
Strategy B, rather than concentrating development mainly in Perth and Dundee looks to spread the Perth housing requirement over a much larger area and specifically focuses on the Carse of Gowrie corridor. This could mean not just hundreds but potentially thousands of new houses in the Carse either in the form of a completely new town or the increase in size of existing settlements.
Strategy A is currently the preferred spatial strategy because it is seen as more sustainable and has less resource implications. It is the best option to reduce the need to travel and would support the regeneration of Dundee and reverse the population decline there. It would maximise the ability to deliver development and transport infrastructure to the north and west of the town of Perth itself and in general optimises the opportunity for investment in required infrastructure. Importantly, from our point of view, it is also acknowledged that Strategy A would not lead to over development of smaller settlements (primarily in the Carse) unsuited for growth. (By implication it is accepted that Strategy B would do so!)
SUBJECT TO CONTRARY VIEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS, BCCG INTENDS TO STRONGLY EXPRESS A VIEW THAT THE REASONING BEHIND SELECTING STRATEGY A AS THE PREFERRED OPTION IS CORRECT. TO PROTECT THE BRAES OF THE CARSE IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT SPATIAL STRATEGY A IS ADOPTED IN TAYPLAN.
What happens next? After the consultation period has closed, TAYplan MIR will be redrafted in light of everyone’s comments and a Proposed Strategic Development Plan will be issued with a further consultation period (although it will be much more difficult to influence matters at this later stage). Ministerial approval eventually has to be obtained (likely to be around April 2013) and it then becomes the Strategic Development Plan for this area.
In parallel, and starting around September 2010, the Perth & Kinross Local Development Plan Main Issues Report will be issued and followed by a 12 week consultation period. There will be public meetings and opportunities for anyone to comment, object and make proposals. The TAYplan MIR is at a strategic level but the PKC MIR is where they get down to looking at specific development areas in the Braes of the Carse and other areas. BCCG intends, of course, to canvas its members views and to then comment on behalf of its members at this stage and will be encouraging its members to comment individually too. The PKC MIR will, however, need to be in line with and implement the strategy previously agreed in the TAYplan MIR. It is therefore important that for us to be able to have the most influence and impact at this later local stage, we need TAYplan Spatial Strategy A to be the approved strategy.