Borough Plan submitted to Secretary of State
RUGBY Borough Council has started the process of submitting the Local Plan and its supporting documentation to the Secretary of State 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. Their task is to establish whether the Local Plan is ‘sound’, taking into consideration representations made during previous public consultation.
To assist the inspector, a Programme Officer has also been appointed. All correspondence relating to the examination should be via the Programme Officer.
Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, 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 that 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 the Hospital of St Cross, primary and secondary schools, doctors surgeries, and highway improvements, all at the request of statutory consultees such as the NHS and Warwickshire County Council.
The plan is 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, the inspector and the programme office will be published at www.rugby.gov.uk/localplan as it becomes available.