27/07/17: Green light for Breckland's growth blueprint
Documents that will shape the future growth and development of Breckland were approved today (27 July) by Breckland Council members, to proceed to the final stages.
Once adopted, the Local Plan will set out the policies used to determine planning applications and the location of sites to meet housing, retail and employment requirements through until 2036. By identifying and allocating land for housing the Plan will give the Council more control of the location of new housing and will reduce the likelihood of ad-hoc development.
Following today's endorsement, the documents will become subject to a six week pre-submission publication period, due to run from around the end of August until the start of October. During the pre-submission period the council will be inviting views from the public on whether the Plan is 'sound' - i.e. whether it is consistent with national policy and sets out an appropriate strategy to meet the housing, employment and infrastructure requirements of the district.
Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council Executive Member for Growth said: "Today's decision is an important milestone as we now enter into the final stages in the development of this key strategic document.
"By setting out a blueprint for future growth in our district the Local Plan will ensure that, as far as possible, future development meets the needs and aspirations of local people and supports the future prosperity of the district.
"I would like to thank all the local people and organisations who have participated in our public consultations - their local knowledge and input has been invaluable in helping to shape this final draft document in readiness for the pre-submission period."
The Council held three public consultations during the development of the Local Plan and held a number of open events in the district's market towns and villages. Feedback from expert bodies such as Natural England, the Highways Authority, Historic England and the Environment Agency has also informed the Plan.
Details of the pre-submission period will be issued during August, with the draft Plan due to be available online and in venues in each market town.
Once the pre-submission publication period is over, the responses will be collated and reviewed before the document and representations are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in November for Examination in Public early in 2018.