Final comments sought on Local Plan
Telford & Wrekin Council is set to publish the version of its Local Plan that it intends to submit to the Secretary of State for independent examination in the summer.
The Telford & Wrekin Local Plan will set out how and where development will take place in the borough and will guide future planning decisions up to 2031.
The Council completed a period of public consultation on the Local Plan last year.
As a result of comments and advice received during this consultation period, a number of changes have been made to the Local Plan.
The borough’s housing requirement of 15,555 new homes by 2031 – of which over 80 per cent have either already been built, or have planning permission – remains unchanged in Local Plan. However other changes have been made to improve the Plan, clarify matters and to respond to representations received.
• Reducing the allocation of land for housing at the Beeches, Ironbridge and at the Nedge in response to public representations
• Creating a new strategic landscape area around Lilleshall to protect the village
• Emphasising Telford Town Centre’s role as the main shopping area for the borough while confirming Lawley and Ironbridge as additional District Centres
• Strengthening the policy protection afforded to the Green Network and the commitment to provide a broad mix of housing.
The Council is now asking stakeholders and residents whether they think the Local Plan has been prepared in accordance with legal obligations and is “sound”.
The Council is also asking:
• Is the Local Plan positively prepared? Is it based on a strategy that meets the borough's housing, employment and infrastructure requirements?
• Is the Local Plan justified? Are the proposed policies founded on a robust and credible evidence base? Do they represent the most appropriate strategy?
• Is the Local Plan effective? Are the proposed policies deliverable and flexible? Can the Council demonstrate how they will be monitored?
• Is the Local Plan consistent with national policy?
Councillor Richard Overton, cabinet member for Housing, Public Health and Protection, said: “The Local Plan is now into the final stage before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination next summer and adopted by the end of 2016.
“We have taken on board comments and responses to the previous consultation periods and have incorporated these into the Local Plan.
“This includes reducing the number of new homes to be built in the borough by over 40 per cent from 26,500, a figure agreed by a previous administration back in 2010, to 15,550.”
All representations need to be received by 5pm on Tuesday 15 March 2016. These will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate and considered at an examination in public which will take place over the summer of 2016.
The Local Plan and Representation form can be found on the Planning Polihttp://www.telford.gov.uk/localplanation Portal via www.telford.gov.uk/localplan
A hard copy of the Local Plan is also available at local libraries, Business & Planning First Point Wellington, or at First Point Telford.