PLANNERS say they need more time to decide on the future of housing in Lutterworth.
Harborough District Council’s Local Planning Executive Advisory Panel have agreed to hold off on the presentation of the district’s Local Plan until they get a better understanding of the local housing need.
The plan – a blueprint for developments in the district up to 2031 – will now be presented for approval in July 2017, giving the council enough time to assess the area.
The council say they want to make sure the draft of the Local Plan is “as comprehensive and robust as possible,” making sure the development meets the district’s needs of housing, employment and transport.
Earlier this month, the council confirmed their preferred option for the plan would be a huge development area on the other side of the M1 dubbed ‘Lutterworth East’ – comprising 2,500 homes, a retail centre, industrial estate and new junction to the motorway.
Councillors are also planning to present an area in Scraptoft North as their reserve site, with the potential for 1,200 more homes if needed.
The council say good progress is being made on the preparation of the new Local Plan which will be published “at the earliest possible date to allow for public representations.”
Harborough District Council planning spokeswoman Coun Jo Brodrick said: “We need the full picture before we can make any decisions. We owe it to the public to have every relevant bit of information at our disposal before we reach any conclusions on where new housing, and other important development, should be located in the district.”
Councillors are set to approve the pre-submission of the Local Plan in July next year before opening up the plan to public examination in November 2017.
Harborough District Council’s Executive will consider the revised schedule at its meeting on Monday (October 31) at 5pm in the council chamber. Visit www.harborough.gov.uk/local-plan for more information.