Chelmsford City Council is a step closer to finalising a new Local Plan for the City Council's area, ensuring that its planned approach to delivering development and supporting infrastructure can continue into the year 2036.
Following extensive consultation, the Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 29 June 2018 for independent examination. An independent planning inspector has been appointed to assess whether the Plan:
- has been prepared through working with other partners
- is legally compliant
- is consistent with national policy
- is sound
Formal hearing sessions are expected to take place before the end of the year.
The new Local Plan will make sure that the right types of developments are built in the right places. It covers the period up to 2036. This includes meeting the identified need for at least 805 new homes and 725 jobs per year.
Work on the Local Plan began in 2015. Three rounds of consultation were held, generating more than 15,000 comments, all of which were read, summarised and used to inform later stages of the Plan.
All the comments have been summarised in a consultation statement, which is part of the Submission documents alongside: the Local Plan itself; sustainability and habitats assessments; and statements on legal compliance and duty to co-operate.
The Submission documents are on the Council's website. They can also be viewed at the Council's Customer Service Centre in Duke Street, Chelmsford, and at local libraries. See the Submission web page for full details: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/new-local-plan.
Councillor Roy Whitehead, Leader of the Council, said, "After a huge amount of work by our excellent officers, Members are delighted with the quality of the Local Plan and are confident that it will benefit all of the residents of Chelmsford if, as we believe, the Independent Inspector finds it 'sound' at the Examination in Public later this year."
To help prepare the Local Plan, officers have used a wide range of evidence-based studies covering subjects such as housing, traffic, landscape and sustainability. The Council has also been working with education, transport, health and utilities providers to understand the infrastructure that is needed.
The Council is required to appoint an Examination Programme Officer to deal with administrative matters and provide a link to the Inspector. The Programme Officer, Andrea Copsey, is independent of the Council and can be contacted:
by post to Examination Office, PO Box 12607, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 9GN
by email to email@example.com
by phone to 07842 643988
Friday 13 July 2018