2 Consultation : RSS Issues and Options Autumn 2004
Following the launch events in March 2004, work was commissioned to look at whether the RPG10 was 'fit for purpose' as a basis for the draft RSS. A second study was commissioned to look at the extent to which structure plan policies were 'fit for use'. Both studies are available here. Technical work was also underataken by the team to assess the implications of different spatial approaches to dealing with growth and change in the region. From this work and intense technical discussions with officers from local authorities and regional agencies possible spatial options were narrowed down to a small number which could be consulted on. This work was overseen by a member group the Regional Spatial Strategy Sub Group (RSSSG) which became the Regional Spatial Planning and Transport Group (RSPTG).
Also and of great importance to the robustness of the technical process behind the preparation of the RSS in the SW, Land Use Consultants were commissioned to carry out an independent SSA of the process and were involved and made an assessment at each important stage.
In preparation for the round of workshops in the autumn of 2004 a document assessing options and possible development strategies was produced during the summer of 2004 consulted upon in the autumn.Options
The consultation on the RSS Possible Development Strategies began on 3 September and ran for a 12 week period until 26 November 2004. Copies of the consultation document were distributed widely across the region in line with PPS11. This included Members, local authorities, Parish and Town Councils, regional partners and stakeholders, such as business representatives, voluntary and community groups and so on. In addition, copies were made available at libraries and planning offices for members of the public.
Three consultation events are also being run across the region, in Bournemouth on 28th September, Weston-Super Mare on 11th October and Plymouth on 13th October. Notification of these events was circulated widely within the region to Members, local authorities, Parish and Town Councils, regional partners and stakeholders. Details of the subject matter of these workshops and of those people attending are contained below.