An update was presented to the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee last week (Thursday 7 March) following the Regulation 19 consultation held between 1 November and 17 December 2018. Almost 1,600 consultees engaged in the six week consultation, including other local authorities, residents, businesses, special interest groups and developers.
The Local Plan, which was approved for submission by Council in October 2018, sets out the vision and framework for guiding the future development of all parts of the borough up to 2034. It identifies how many new homes, jobs and businesses are being planned for, where they should be located and what infrastructure is needed to support them. This includes new and improved roads, schools, healthcare facilities, open spaces and leisure facilities.
The next stage of the process will be an Examination in Public, during which the plan and its evidence will be scrutinised by a Planning Inspector appointed by the government.
Cllr Richard Moore, Chairman of the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee, said: "We believe the Local Plan is the best it can be, balancing local housing need and business growth potential with the necessary infrastructure. We took the time to reconsider a number of specific elements to ensure the plan responds to the needs of the borough while taking into account issues raised by members of the public.
"I would like to thank everyone who took the time to have their say during the Regulation 19 consultation. Representation processing has nearly been completed, and we are on track to submit the plan to the government by the end of March 2019."