Work continues on Local Plan
Warrington Borough Council is continuing to work on the delivery of its draft Local Plan, which will set out the proposed approach to meeting the Borough’s need for homes, jobs and infrastructure.
The Government has recently proposed further changes to the formula that will establish the minimum number of homes that Warrington will need to plan for. The Government is consulting on these changes until Friday 7 December 2018.
It is important that the Council has clarity over the changes to the national planning rules in order to understand what this means for Warrington. The Council has therefore decided that it has no option but to delay the publication of its draft Local Plan.
It is now anticipated that the draft Local Plan will be published in March 2019, prior to a further round of public consultation.
In a joint statement, Council Leader, Cllr Terry O’Neill and Judith Guthrie, the executive board member responsible for planning, said: “The Government has moved the goal posts yet again and is making the process of producing the Local Plan more difficult both for us and other Councils to produce their plans.
“It is causing uncertainty for local people. We have made real progress in producing our plan, but this uncertainty around the housing figures is delaying our final decisions and it is compromising our ability to get on with the important job of setting out the strategic future for our Borough.
“This is just not good enough and we urge the Government to move to provide clarity on this as a matter of urgency.”