Members voted to allow the Draft Local Plan to go forward for public consultation at yesterday's (February 22nd) Full Council meeting.
The 135-page document establishes a "framework for promoting sustainable growth to meet the economic and social needs of the community whilst conserving and enhancing the world class environment of the Isles of Scilly".
The plan "provides a vision" and contains various objectives setting out what the Council wants to achieve up to 2030, including a proposal for around 100 new affordable homes.
The draft document contains five areas for the public to provide a specific view on - defining a Town Centre in Hugh Town; restricting open market housing for use as principal residence only; redefining qualifying criteria for affordable homes; defining settlement boundaries where windfall homes could be permitted; and defining Employment Land at Porthmellon. However, the public consultation will invite comments on any aspect of the draft Local Plan.
Final revisions to plan will continue over future months, with Officers working with Councillors in the Local Plan Working Group. The public consultation is expected to start on March 2nd 2018 and last six weeks.
The Council of the Isles of Scilly, as the Planning Authority for the area, has a statutory duty to prepare, monitor and review a Local Plan for the islands.
The Draft Local Plan is available to view here.