We were expecting the final public consultation on the draft local plan to take place in Sept/Oct. This is the explanation for the delay from Ben Geering, Head of Planning:
“The cabinet resolution from July identified a requirement for further matters to be addressed ahead of the consultation, with delegated authority to the Head of Planning and Portfolio holder to finalise the plan . These matters included additional highway modelling of the A20/A260 junction following comments from Highways England and further assessment of transport data from neighbouring authorities to inform the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment.
This work has been time consuming to complete and had to be undertaken after the summer period (for traffic neutrality), leading to a delay to the consultation as you point out. We are working through the outputs of the transport modelling with statutory consultees so as to update the plan accordingly ahead of consultation and submission.”