Friday, 4 July 2014

What should North West Leicestershire look like in 20 years?

Map of North West LeicestershireNorth West Leicestershire residents are being asked what should be included in a new Local Plan for the district, which will set out how the area will develop and change over the next 15 to 20 years.

The plan will shape how the district will look in the future – how many homes, roads, offices, and shops are built and where, and which open spaces will be created and protected.

Local people now have the chance to say what they think should be included in the Local Plan at this early stage, using an online form at www.nwleics.gov.uk/localplanmysay.

The proposed contents include, amongst other subjects:
  • Affordable housing numbers
  • Sites identified for housing
  • Suitable sites for employment
  • Sites of ecological importance and value
  • The National Forest and Charnwood Forest
  • Transport – including HS2, the National Forest line and Ashby Canal.
Over the next two years, the public will be asked for their thoughts on various other aspects of the plan.

A draft Local Plan is planned for summer 2015 with the council’s preferred version being produced in early 2016. This plan will then go through an independent examination, probably in autumn 2016, and the aim is to adopt the Local Plan in December 2016.

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Planning at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “The Local Plan will guide the development of our district over the next 15 to 20 years. These decisions affect everyone. They affect where our children can live when they leave home, how we spend our leisure time, what jobs are available to us and how we feel about our surroundings.

“We hope that local people will take a look at what we think should go into the plan at this stage, and let us know where they feel the focus should be. We need to get this plan right for communities, so we’re hoping local people will help us do that.”

Members of the public have until Friday 19 September 2014 to make comments on what should and should not be included in the Local Plan.

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