Warrington Borough Council has announced that the consultation period for the Local Plan Preferred Development Option will now be extended by two weeks until Friday 29 September at 5pm.
The extension is to ensure all residents and stakeholders are given sufficient time to make written representations following the additional drop-in events which were held early in September.
The Preferred Development Option sets out how Warrington can meet its development needs of approximately 24,000 new homes and 381 hectares of employment land, over the next 20 years.
Cllr Judith Guthrie, executive board member for environment, said: “We would like to thank everyone for their contributions to the consultation and we continue to urge members of the public and stakeholders to submit their views via the formal representation process. The online standard response form is the quickest and simplest method for submitting your comments.”
About the Local Plan
• Under government policy, every local planning authority is expected to deliver sustainable economic growth through up-to-date Local Plans which contain strategies and initiatives to achieve their aims.
• Not progressing a Local Plan will mean that the Council risks losing control over the location, amount and quality of new development. There is also a risk that if the Council does not make sufficient progress in reviewing its Local Plan, the Secretary of State will take over Plan preparation.
• In total, the Council received over 150 submissions for its Local Plan ‘Call for sites’. The vast majority of sites are located in the Green Belt. Of these, the predominate land use being promoted is residential, although there are significant employment and mixed use proposal sites.
• In preparing the proposals, the Council has worked closely with Council and external service providers to understand the potential implications for existing services and infrastructure – such as schools, health facilities, community facilities and utilities - and to identify the new infrastructure which will be required to support growth.