Borough plan hearing sessions draw to a close

The second stage of the public hearings into the borough plan have drawn to a close.

The second stage hearings, covering six days over the last fortnight, were held in the form of a roundtable discussion led by Mike Hayden, the independent planning inspector.

They follow the first stage of hearings that concluded earlier this year.

The second stage hearings included discussions on gypsy and traveller allocations, economic development policies and sustainable design, while the earlier hearings covered subjects including legal matters, strategic site allocations and supporting infrastructure.

The plan sets out where in the borough housing and employment land should be allocated and identifies the supporting infrastructure that will be needed.

A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said:

The examination in public is an important process that allows developers, parish councils, residents and other interested parties the opportunity to contribute to the plan-making process, and the council has proposed a number of modifications to take account of their views.

“The inspector will now consider all of the contributions, written and verbal, and will then outline the next steps.

“If changes are proposed, either by the inspector or via the modifications put forward during the hearings, there is likely to be a further consultation period before the plan can be adopted.”

More information on the plan and examination in public is available at www.rugby.gov.uk/localplan.

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