20/09/17: Breckland growth blueprint - last opportunity to comment

With the pre-submission period nearing its close, Breckland Council is reminding residents that they have until 2 October to comment on the draft Local Plan - a key strategic document that will shape growth in the district until 2036.

The pre-submission publication period is the final stage before the draft Local Plan is submitted to a Government Planning Inspector. During this time, residents, businesses and local organisations can give their views as to whether the proposals set out an appropriate strategy to meet the housing, employment and infrastructure requirements of the district and are consistent with national policy.

When the pre-submission publication period ends, the responses will be collated and reviewed before the document and representations are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in November.

An independent inspector will then be appointed to assess the plan. It is anticipated that the hearing in public will be held early in 2018, and the inspector may call on those who have responded during the pre-submission period to attend - if they have stated that they are willing to do so - to answer questions or provide more information, before writing the final independent report. If found to be sound, it is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted around summer 2018.

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council Executive Member for Growth said: "We need new housing and jobs to ensure that Breckland continues to grow and prosper; having the new Local Plan in place will give the Council more control over where that growth happens and reduce the likelihood of ad-hoc development.     

 "As we enter the final stages I'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time to contribute their views and local knowledge as the Plan has developed over the past four years. We have used this feedback to shape the document as far as possible to meet your needs and aspirations."

The pre-submission period began on 21 August and will close at 4pm on 2 October. The draft Local Plan can be viewed online and there are copies available for inspection at venues throughout the district, including the Council's main offices in Thetford and Dereham, its Customer Service Centres, and local libraries in the market towns.

Comments can be submitted through the online consultation portal on the Council's website, by emailing planningpolicyteam@breckland.gov.uk (entitled 'Pre-submission comment'), or by post to the Planning Policy Team, Breckland Council, Elizabeth House, Dereham NR19 1EE. Comments by email or post must be submitted using the Representations Form which can be downloaded from the website, or requested by calling 01362 656870. The online consultation, with the draft Local Plan documents, and a downloadable PDF of the Representations Form can be found on the Planning Policy section of the council website (www.breckland.gov.uk/pre-submission-publication).

Last updated: 30/04/2018 13:39:19