Planning inspector reports initial findings on Local Plan 

The independent planning inspector tasked with examining the Rugby Borough local plan has set out his initial findings.

In a letter sent to Rugby Borough Council today (Wednesday), Mr Mike Hayden explains that, subject to further consideration in due course, he considers that the plan is likely to be capable of being found legally compliant and sound, provided some changes are made.

The local plan sets out where in the borough housing and employment land should be allocated, along with appropriate supporting infrastructure.

In his letter Mr Hayden says that, subject to further public consultation and sustainability appraisal, the Lodge Farm, Brinklow and Coton House allocations of housing should be removed, with additional housing on the proposed allocations at Long Lawford and Binley Woods to compensate. He further states that additional protection should be given to the Brandon Stadium site, and land should be set aside for two years in case it is needed for a possible secondary school at Coton Park East.

The “main modifications” should be included in a public consultation alongside a series of other modifications that were proposed during the course of the public hearing sessions that were held at the beginning of the year.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: “Residents, parish councils, developers and other partners have all had the opportunity to make representations to the inspector for independent consideration against the requirements of the town and country planning regulations.

These initial findings from the planning inspector show that he has considered carefully all of the evidence before him, as was our wish when councillors agreed to submit the plan for examination.

"They are another significant step towards delivering planned, sustainable growth with the supporting roads and other infrastructure that we need.” 

Once the wording of the proposed modifications has been agreed with the inspector they will be the subject of a six week public consultation. Responses will be considered by Mr Hayden when he prepares his final report.

Further information on the local plan, along with a copy of the inspector’s letter to the council, can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/localplan.

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