Major milestone as Borough Plan is adopted
A new plan setting out where future generations of Rugbeians will live and work in the Borough of Rugby has been adopted.
The Local Plan will enable Rugby Borough Council to refuse development that is not in accordance with the plan, and require developers to comply with site masterplans and provide supporting infrastructure such as roads, schools and surgeries.
The milestone was achieved when councillors voted to adopt the plan at a meeting of Rugby Borough Council held last night (4 June 2019). It follows extensive consultation involving residents, businesses, developers and other interested parties, an independent examination by a government-appointed planning inspector and a series of public hearings overseen by the inspector.
Adoption of the local plan means that the council is able to demonstrate sufficient land-supply to last at least five years and has an appropriate development plan in place that meets all of the legal requirements, including government requirements on housing numbers and employment land.
Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, said:
Adoption of the Rugby Borough Local Plan fulfils a key strategic objective of this council, and is vital to help us shape future growth and investment in the borough. This planned growth and supporting infrastructure will give the local economy the best possible opportunity to prosper.”
Cllr Jill Simpson-Vince, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for Growth and Investment, said: “The Rugby Borough Local Plan will allow us to positively manage development and allow residents to influence the major housing and employment sites at South West Rugby and Coton Park East, through the Supplementary Planning Document process. It will also make sure that the roads, schools and other infrastructure are built as they are needed.
The local plan process is long and complex, and its importance cannot be underestimated. I would like to thank all of the residents, businesses and other organisations that contributed to the plan, along with the council officers who have overseen its production.”
The Rugby Borough Local Plan sets out sites for 12,400 homes to be built by 2031, and 208 hectares of employment land. A number of these homes have already been completed providing a strong, early contribution to meeting the allocation.
More information on the Rugby Borough Local Plan and the accompanying Infrastructure Delivery Plan can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/localplan.