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Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan

We Asked

The Comhairle is required to consult at key stages in the preparation of the new Local Development Plan. Formal consultations have been undertaken to date at the following stages:

  • The Main Issues Report: This stage represents a critical opportunity to involve stakeholders and the wider public before the Comhairle has reached a firm view. The consultation sets out: a Plan vision and objectives; the emerging main issues and suggested Plan approach with a preferred option and possible alternative options, and; a list of initial proposal sites. The consultation asks respondents if they agree with the preferred options; whether they favour a stated alternative option; and if they consider any other issues should be a ‘main issue’. [LDP2 Main Issues Report (and associated documents)] 
  • The Proposed Plan: This stage represents the planning authority’s settled view on the content of the new Plan, detailing the proposed policies for the development and use of land and preferred sites. The consultation asks for any comments on the Proposed Plan and its associated documents. [LDP2 Proposed Plan (and associated documents)]

You Said

  • Main Issues Report: Following publication of the Main Issues Report, 26 representations were received comprising 163 individual comments and these were used to inform preparation of the Proposed The comments mainly related to the issues and proposal sites identified in the Main Issues Report but a number of comments were also received on a wider range of topics.
  • Proposed Plan: Following publication of the Proposed Plan, 42 individuals, agencies and companies made representations, comprising 159 individual comments which fell into three categories: supporting statements; minor suggested amendments to the Plan (non-notifiable modifications); and comments seeking more substantive modification to the Plan.

The Comhairle is obliged to publish all representations received at the Proposed Plan stage and representees are advised of this before submitting their comments.  LDP2 Proposed Plan Consultation Responses

We Did

Of the Key Themes: We Did

At Main Issues Report stage all submitted comments were acknowledged, reviewed and assessed by a Planning Officer and relevant comments were used to inform the development of the Proposed Plan.

At Proposed Plan stage all submitted representations were acknowledged reviewed and assessed then:

  • Statements supporting the Plan were noted and welcomed;
  • Proposed amendments deemed to be appropriate and ‘minor’ in nature were accepted.
  • Comments seeking more substantive modification to the Proposed Plan were considered to be ‘unresolved issues’ and, as such, were subject to Examination by a Reporter, as appointed by Scottish Ministers. There were 40 representees who had unresolved issues (see section below).

Although the Comhairle defends its position on unresolved issues at Examination, it is recognised that in some instances the Plan might be improved if an amendment suggested were to be accepted.  While it is for the Reporter to recommend modifications to the Plan, the Comhairle has indicated in the submission to Ministers where they would be prepared to accept a number of modifications to the Plan. LDP Examination documents

Of the Key Themes: We Did Not Do

The Comhairle has prepared responses to the unresolved issues resulting from the Proposed Plan consultation and has grouped these under 13 topic headings. These unresolved issues are set out in forms called ‘Schedules 4s’ as prescribed by Planning legislation, and have been submitted for Examination to Scottish Ministers.  The Examination Process is undertaken on issues or topics, not individual representations.

Procurement Strategy Consultation

We Asked

A range of questions relating to the draft procurement strategy.

You Said

More emphasis should be placed in the strategy to the contribution procurement can make to carbon reduction.

We Did

Of the Key Themes: We Did

Wording changed in the Strategy.  A full Report was submitted to the Policy and Resources Committee 14 December 2016 and can be viewed at appendix 3

Of the Key Themes: We Did Not Do

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Outer Hebrides Creative and Cultural Industries Strategy (OHC&CIS)

We Asked

The consultation was specifically targeted at individuals and organisations operating in the Creative and Cultural sector.  Feedback was sought on all aspects of the Strategy, particularly:

  • The key actions and priorities for the sector which the Strategy should seek to enable over the next three years;
  • Perspectives on the current and anticipated training and skills needs of the sector; and
  • Any relevant strategy and policy documents which should be added to the Strategy source material.

You Said

Although the online consultation date was set as 28 October 2016, feedback continues to be gathered as the Strategy is shaped.  23 different consultee groups have responded to the Strategy consultation process.

Key themes:

  • Need to ensure Strategy focus is Outer Hebrides wide;
  • Need to ensure actions arising are SMART;
  • Recognition of a considerable volume of activity ongoing, fast moving and difficult to keep abreast of everything that is underway;
  • A desire to achieve better strategic alignment with a view to maximising cross-sector opportunities – through tightening the existing links between language, culture, heritage, creativity and tourism;
  • Continue to develop a brand identity for the region, celebrating the unique specialness of our place – targeting people to live, work and visit, especially by way of digital content and attempting to use the opportunities of culture and arts to address the challenges of depopulation; and
  • Acknowledgement that the lack of small grants and seed-corn investment is restrictive to the development of new projects and innovations.

We Did

Of the Key Themes: We Did

Due to a number of different emerging circumstances and perspectives on how to present the final Strategy the consultation and discussion phase is ongoing.  One progressive action achieved to date has been the establishment of a cross-sector forum to discuss issues of commonality between different key organisations.  This Forum aims to meet twice each year both in Uist & Barra and Lewis & Harris, see appendices 3 and 4.

Of the Key Themes: We Did Not Do

Nothing presented during the consultation process has been discounted for inclusion in the finalised Strategy document. 

Reasons:

Production of the finalised Strategy document has been due to a variety of factors including:

  • Changes internal to the Comhairle regarding delivery of culture, heritage and arts services; and
  • Emerging aspirations from partner agencies on the best format for presentation of the Strategy.

Licensed Taxi And Private Hire Car (Where Fitted With Taxi Meter) Fare Structure

We Asked

Your views on the licensed taxi and private hire car (where fitted with a taxi meter) fare structure and whether there should be any change in the taxi fares for the Western Isles. This includes an opportunity for taxi and private hire car operators to give any detailed responses in respect of the fares.

You Said

For the consultation, any respondents could send CNES their own written proposals or use the template provided by CNES, which is attached in Appendix 3.

CNES received 18 responses to the initial consultation.

3 responses were from taxi operators who wished the fares to remain unchanged.

15 responses were from taxi operators who wished for the fares to be altered. Of those responses most respondents proposed an increase in taxi fares of 5%.

After further consultation with notice in a local newspaper giving the operators the opportunity to make representations to the agreed proposal to increase fares, no further comments were received from operators.

We Did

Of the Key Themes: We Did 

CNES considered all responses to the consultations all of the various stages of the process. Following no representations being received to the final consultation, CNES approved the revised taxi fare structure, which took effect from 21 November 2017.

Of the Key Themes: We Did Not Do

This is not applicable as CNES followed the correct procedures as required under Section 17 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 whereby CNES is required to carry out a periodic review of taxi and private hire car fares.

Stornoway Town Centre (Prohibition of Waiting) Order 2008 Amendment (No 2) Order 2016

We Asked

If the public were in acceptance of a proposal to make changes to the Stornoway Town Centre (Prohibition of Waiting) Order 2008, see appendix 1.

You Said

There was no feedback received therefore this suggested that the public were in acceptance of the proposal.

We Did

Of the Key Themes: We Did

Consult in accordance with the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984

Of the Key Themes: We Did Not Do

As there were no objections from the public no further actions were considered necessary

(B895 Newmarket to North Tolsta, Isle Of Lewis) (40mph Speed Limit) Order 2012 (Gress Extension) Amendment Order 2016

We Asked

If the public was acceptable to a proposal to extend the current speed limit in Gress, see appendix 1.

You Said

There was no feedback received therefore this suggested that the public were in acceptance of the proposal.

We Did

Of the Key Themes: We Did

Consult in accordance with the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984

Of the Key Themes: We Did Not Do

As there were no objections from the public no further actions were considered necessary