Views sought on the growth of bor­ough

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - KAREN HAMBRIDGE karen.hambridge@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

RES­I­DENTS are be­ing asked to speak up on how they would like the bor­ough to grow over the next two decades.

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is due soon on the up­dated lo­cal plan for Hinck­ley and Bos­worth to 2036 but peo­ple are al­ready be­ing in­vited to con­tact of­fi­cers with views.

As well as the bor­ough doc­u­ment, the coun­cil is also work­ing with the other nine Le­ices­ter­shire au­thor­i­ties to pre­pare an over­ar­ch­ing Strate­gic Growth Plan to shape the longer term to 2050.

The fi­nal doc­u­ments will set out de­tailed poli­cies and spe­cific pro­pos­als for guiding the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment and use of land within the bor­ough.

It will guide most day-to-day plan­ning de­ci­sions and poli­cies in­clud­ing where new hous­ing can be built and where land can be spec­i­fied for em­ploy­ment use.

The aim is to speed up the de­vel­op­ment and plan­ning process, en­sure bet­ter in­te­gra­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and be more ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic.

Among the projects al­ready car­ried for­ward from the 2006-26 lo­cal plan are the Bar­well and Earl Shilton SUEs and the ma­jor new es­tate off Nor­mandy Way ad­ja­cent to the Tri­umph fac­tory.

Of these three only the Tri­umph scheme is pro­gress­ing apace.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions re­main on­go­ing be­tween Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil and de­vel­op­ers over the SUEs with Bar­well’s blueprint ahead of its neigh­bours.

These three new es­tates will de­liver 4,950 dwellings in Hinck­ley and Bos­worth and help the bor­ough meet its ‘as­sessed de­vel­op­ment needs’ over the next 10 to 15 years, ac­cord­ing to the Gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Plan­ning Pol­icy Frame­work.

How­ever, with White­hall press­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to build more and more hous­ing, other sites will need to be ear­marked go­ing for­ward - to en­sure the coun­cil and res­i­dents see con­struc­tion where they pre­fer it rather than de­vel­op­ers cherry pick­ing prime sites.

Early in­di­ca­tions sug­gest the bor­ough should be per­mit­ting the pro­vi­sion of 454 new dwellings per year up to 2036.

That fig­ure which falls in line with cur­rent es­ti­mates.

As well as this some 35 hectares of em­ploy­ment land for of­fice and gen­eral in­dus­trial op­er­a­tions are thought to be re­quired along with around 19 hectares of land for stor­age and dis­tri­bu­tion us­ages.

The coun­cil is just be­gin­ning the process of draw­ing up the new pro­pos­als and doc­u­ments with the process, in­clud­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and Gov­ern­ment en­dorse­ment, ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2020.

A Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil spokesman said: “Know­ing what res­i­dents, busi­nesses and other in­ter­ested par­ties think should be in­cluded in the re­view is im­por­tant.

“It means the plan will be pre­pared with those op­tions in mind from the be­gin­ning.

“There are lots of ways in which to get in­volved in help­ing make the plan.

“A con­sul­ta­tion will be forth­com­ing later in the year, with vis­its to var­i­ous places across the bor­ough.

“Look out for de­tails on the coun­cil web­site as and when they be­come avail­able.”

Res­i­dents can also con­tact the plan­ning pol­icy team via email Plan­ningPol­icy@hinck­ley-bos­worth.gov.uk or call Hinck­ley 238141.

The Bar­well and Earl Shilton SUE schemes have both been mired down with ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween bor­ough bosses and de­vel­op­ers.

Ex­ist­ing com­mu­ni­ties have also ex­pressed con­cerns at the de­vel­op­ments and their im­pact on road in­fras­truc­ture and other pub­lic ser­vices such as health and schools.

Hinck­ley Hub, home of Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil

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