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Issues and Options consultation

What is the new Local Plan?

We are in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for the borough. The first stage of this process is the preparation of an Issues and Options document, which looks at the challenges the Borough is facing to 2036, and how these could be addressed. This document outlines issues and options to ensure the growth that we need is delivered in the right place, and is of the right character and quality. Once finalised, the new Local Plan will replace the Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPDs and ‘saved’ polices from the 2004 Local Plan.

A draft Sustainability Appraisal Working Note, which assesses the potential social, economic and environmental implications of the issues and options put forward, has also been published for comment. Other supporting documents are also available, including information on key Green Belt sites which have been put suggested by landowners and developers for future housing and other uses.

Why is the new Local Plan important?

Our prime location and excellent connectivity means that we have high growth pressures that we need to plan for. We need more homes and, in particular, homes that you and your families can afford to buy and to rent. It means that we need to continue to create more opportunities for jobs to grow the local economy. We also need to keep improving our transport networks and other key facilities. It also means that we need to protect and enhance what you love about where you live.  

Producing a Local Plan is a priority for us for a number of reasons. The Government is clear that local authorities are expected to have up-to-date plans in place to guide development within their area to plan for the infrastructure, homes and jobs that our residents need. Failure to have an up-to-date plan could risk government intervention and result in the loss of local democratic control of the process. Having an up-to-date plan in place also means that we retain control over where development should be located rather than it being delivered in an ad hoc way as a result of speculative development, sometimes without sufficient benefit to local communities or consideration of local infrastructure.

How can I comment and where are the documents available?

The consultation begins at 9am on Wednesday 1 November and closes at midnight on Wednesday 13 December 2017. Please view the  New Local Plan Public Notice of Consultation (PDF 238KB). There will also be a series of public exhibitions held.

You can comment and view information and documents relating to the consultation on our consultation portal:

Comment on the new Local Plan

We've prepared a factsheet explaining how to add your comments online:  Issues and Options - how to comment online information sheet (PDF 81KB).

Alternatively, visit public libraries within the borough (during normal opening hours) or Borough Council offices (during normal opening hours).

If you would prefer not to use our consultation portal to comment, a questionnaire template can be downloaded, completed and sent back to us:

Core documents

The core consultation documents are available below:

Frequently asked questions

Some frequently asked questions have also been prepared, which should help answer many of the questions you may have.  Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation FAQs (PDF 381KB)

Call for sites 2017

What is this consultation about?

We would like to hear from you if you have a site(s) that you consider to be suitable for development under the Local Plan and Brownfield Land Register call for sites processes.

This information will help inform decisions about future developments, housing supply, and the level of brownfield housing sites.

How to submit sites

Please let us know about your site(s) by completing the relevant form(s)on our call for sites page.

All forms need  to be submitted to us by midnight on 13 December 2017.

Contact us

Claire Oliveri
Telephone: 01442 228619

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