The North West Leicestershire Local Plan has been adopted, giving the district a clear idea of how it will develop and grow over the next 15 years.
The plan, which was approved by the Planning Inspector in October, includes policies on housing, employment, infrastructure and transport.
These policies will help to direct homes, roads, jobs and facilities to the right places in the district, whilst protecting green land and heritage assets and enhancing town centres.
The draft Local Plan was examined by Planning Inspector Brian Sims during a series of public hearings in January and March 2017. NWLDC published proposed changes (referred to as ‘modifications’) to the new Local Plan on 12 June 2017. The responses to this consultation were considered by the Inspector in coming to his final recommendation that the Local Plan is ‘sound’.
The policies in the plan will now inform all decisions made by the authority’s planning department and Planning Committee.
Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Planning at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “The adoption of the Local Plan is incredibly significant for North West Leicestershire. It gives us more control over how the district develops and ensures we have the evidence to protect land and places when we need to.
“We have meticulously pulled together all the important policies contained in our Local Plan, using evidence to show where the new homes and jobs that we know we need should be directed. We have committed to review the plan in 2018, to make sure it takes into account the most recent evidence and work on the Strategic Growth Plan for Leicester and Leicestershire. This commitment means our Local Plan will remain relevant, up to date and supported by evidence.
“It’s been a long process, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the officers at the council, our specialist consultants and councillors from all parties who have worked hard to get the Local Plan to adoption stage.”
To read more about the North West Leicestershire Local Plan: www.nwleics.gov.uk/localplan