Rugby housing blueprint submitted to Planning Inspectorate - The Rugby Observer

Rugby housing blueprint submitted to Planning Inspectorate

Andy Morris 14th Jul, 2017   0

RUGBY’S housing blueprint for the next 14 years has been submitted to the government for independent examination.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will now appoint an inspector from the Planning Inspectorate to carry out an independent examination of the Local Plan.

They will establish whether the plan is ‘sound’, considering representations made during previous public consultations.

Rugby Borough Council’s growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “Submitting the Rugby Borough Local Plan to the Secretary of State is a significant step towards delivering planned, sustainable growth with the supporting schools, roads and other infrastructure we need.

“It also places us in a stronger position when dealing with unplanned speculative development.

“If the inspector agrees the plan is sound, we hope to bring it before the council to adopt in Spring 2018.”

Allocating sites throughout the borough to deliver 12,400 homes by 2031, the Local Plan also allocates 110 hectares of employment land and more than 8000 square meters of retail space.

The accompanying infrastructure delivery plan identifies additional facilities at St Cross Hospital, primary and secondary schools, doctors surgeries and highway improvements – all at the request of statutory consultees such as the NHS and Warwickshire County Council.

A council spokesman described the plan as ‘the product of years of detailed work, including reports, studies and wide-reaching consultation on issues including housing numbers, growth distribution and site options’.

All information relating to the public examination will be published at as it becomes available.

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