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First draft Local Plan consultation

Consultation on the first draft Local Plan opened on 13 March 2024 and closed at 23:59 on 08 May 2024. 

The consultation sought your views on the draft Local Plan and evidence base, invited submissions of sites from landowners for gypsy and traveller provision, provided an opportunity to submit further sites to be considered for Local Green Space designation and sought views on the potential introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (opens new window). The borough council will now consider and assess the comments received during the consultation period before consulting on the final draft Local Plan. A timetable for the preparation of Local Plan documents is set out in the Local development scheme.

Local Plan options consultation

The Local Plan options consultation opened on 06 January 2023 and closed at 23:59 on 27 February 2023.

The consultation sought your views on some of the key matters that the new Local Plan will need to contain. The consultation was comprised of a series of questions to help the Borough Council prepare the Local Plan. Comments were invited to be submitted via the Local Plan issues and options consultation document (opens new window) consultation document, interactive map of potential sites, by email or by post. 

The consultation also sought views on potential sites for development that could be allocated for new housing, commercial and other types of development and help meet development needs. 

Call for sites

To help inform the new Local Plan, the Borough Council undertook a call for sites between 27 May 2022 and 08 July 2022. An opportunity for further site submission was provided alongside the Local Plan options consultation between 06 January 2023 and 27 February 2023. Sites submitted through the process were assessed as part of the preparation of the new Local Plan and have helped to inform what sites are preferred for allocation for development, or protected from development, and also have helped to inform the overall preferred distribution of development across the Borough.


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