Our vision for the Local Plan can be broadly defined into six key objectives:
- We want to enable the sustainable growth of Warrington
We will continue with the ongoing regeneration of Inner Warrington, strengthen existing neighbourhoods and create new, sustainable communities.
It is our mission to ensure that everyone in our community has access to a home. The Local Plan will guarantee the increased supply of affordable homes for rent and low cost ownership for young families, and we will provide homes to meet the needs of our ageing population and residents with disabilities.
- We will ensure Warrington’s revised Green Belt boundaries protect Green Belt in the long term
Our priority is to protect as much Green Belt as possible, and the Local Plan details that almost 95% of Warrington’s Green Belt will remain untouched until at least 2050, preserved to be enjoyed for future generations.
While it’s not possible to meet Government housing figures without some development on Green Belt land, Green Belt has an important role to play for both existing and future neighbourhoods and communities.
- We will strengthen and expand the role of Warrington Town Centre
We want Warrington Town Centre to be a regional employment, retail, leisure, cultural and transport hub. Our aim is to boost the number of people who live in Warrington Town Centre and focus its future as a vibrant hub for all to enjoy. We also want to generate job growth, add to the provision of Town Centre office space, strengthen our tourism offer and support Warrington in its role as a regional transport gateway, improving links throughout the borough and beyond.
- We will provide new infrastructure and services to support Warrington’s growth
As we plan for Warrington’s future development, we also need to recognise there is a need for an investment in infrastructure which transforms the way people move around Warrington and travel into and out of the Borough. The Local Transport Plan has been prepared at the same time as the Local Plan, to ensure that the planned growth for the next 18 years and beyond is supported by new transport infrastructure and services which reduce the reliance on using cars to get around.
The Council hasn’t always got things right and over time, infrastructure has not necessarily kept pace with new development in Warrington. While the Local Plan is not about Warrington becoming a ‘New City’, it is about creating a transport plan that meets the needs of the town, alongside building schools, GPs, parks and community and cultural facilities to match housing.
- We want to reflect and preserve Warrington’s distinctiveness through our Local Plan
Warrington is a complex network of different communities, neighbourhoods and spaces with a unique combination of urban development, waterways and countryside. Different areas in the Borough have different characteristics and varying needs and it’s important we consider this when developing Inner Warrington, sub-urban Warrington, countryside settlements and visitor attractions. We will do this while also protecting, enhancing and embracing our town’s historic, cultural, built and natural assets.
- We want to minimise the impact of development on the environment
Put simply, we want to make sure developments in line with the Local Plan have minimum impact on the environment. We will do this by making sure developments are energy efficient, safe and resilient to climate change and make a positive contribution to improving Warrington’s air quality.
We also want to make it easier for you to do your bit to protect the environment, and as part of the Local Plan we would look to build a fit-for-purpose, replacement community recycling centre south of the river.