North West Leicestershire’s Local Plan takes a step forward as consultation on modifications begins

Published: Sun 3 January, 2021

North West Leicestershire’s revised Local Plan has taken a step forward following the publication of proposed changes to the draft plan.

The Local Plan sets out North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) planning policies for the development of the district up to 2031. Having an up-to-date Local Plan is vital to ensuring that the council has control over future development, where it takes place and what it looks like.

The district’s Local Plan was adopted in November 2017, but it was a requirement of policy S1 that the plan be subject to an early review, which is why the current revision process is taking place.

Following public hearings in September chaired by independent Planning Inspector, Ms Louise Gibbons, a number of proposed changes (known as Main Modifications) have been agreed with the Inspector. These Main Modifications address issues which are necessary to ensure that the plan is ‘sound’ – a legal requirement before the plan can be adopted.

The Main Modifications set out a number of changes to Policy S1 and its supporting text and now requires that the review be undertaken by August 2022. A number of Minor Modifications have also been published for consultation.

Public comments are now being sought on the Main and Minor Modifications as well as on a revised Sustainability Appraisal.

The Main and Minor Modifications can be seen on our Local Plan webpage.

Councillor Robert Ashman, Deputy Leader and Portfolio holder for Planning and Infrastructure NWLDC, said: “Having a Local Plan gives us control over future development to make sure the district grows in the right way for our communities.

“Public consultation is a vital part of having an effective plan and I’d encourage anyone interested to head online and share their views of the modifications.

Comments need to be submitted in writing using the online response form or to Planning Policy, Council Offices, Whitwick Road, Coalville, LE67 3FJ no later than 10 January 2021.

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