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Local Plan - first stage consultation

First stage consultation

The initial public consultation on the Council's draft Local Plan took place from 18 December 2015 to 26 February 2016 and invited comments on a range of approaches the Local Plan sets out. These approaches considered future housing, employment, business and leisure needs. 

 The first phase of making the Plan is about consultation and not decision making. The first phase consultation: 

  • Did not change current planning rules. 
  • Did not change the boundaries of our towns and villages. 
  • Did not change the protection of the Green Belt or put the Green Belt at additional risk. 
  • Did not set where new building will take place nor how much there will be.

The Issues and Approaches document did not take account of technical assessments such as the Green Belt Assessment, Transport Modelling, Infrastructure Baseline Study, Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment. These will be considered, alongside the comments we have received when we are preparing the next version of our Local Plan. 

All comments received and how we carried out consultation is set out in the Statement of Consultation for the Local Plan: Issues and Approaches document.

All the background documents which have been used to create the first draft of the plan are available on our technical assessments for the Local Plan page.

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