The spatial options consultation will come forward for public consultation in the next week or so, we are led to believe. This will be another important step towards the development of the new local plan and residents should really be ready to respond to this as this will look at where new (and probably the most Controversial) housing will be built in the future.
“Infrastructure first” is the rhetoric we’ve heard many times by the Tory administration, but during the meeting last Tuesday, Cllr Michael Hoy raised it again as this consultation will be put out BEFORE any formal study into infrastructure requirements has been commissioned.
Cllr James Newport, had raised the issue of ensuring all residents were notified of the consultation and had been pushing for a leaflet to ALL households as the only sure-fire way to make sure that no residents were missed. Fortunately, the Conservative administration agreed with this and has now allocated a budget that leaflet(s) will be distributed. We are also pleased that an interactive map has been developed for residents to be able to take a closer look at the sites being put forward for consideration. James used his background in cartography to put forward the idea as a method of engagement with the public.
Now it remains for residents to respond and put across their views at this critical stage of the local plan. There are significant challenges that lay ahead for Councillors to decide upon and we hope that they won’t let history repeat itself as has happened with the Core Strategy and site allocations, otherwise, it could end up with more costly mistakes and unsustainable developments.
Once the consultation is ‘live’ we will post full details on how and where to respond.