Parishes may get more say on how land used

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

PARISH coun­cils could get more of a say in where new hous­ing de­vel­op­ments are cre­ated in their ar­eas.

The move would be in ad­di­tion to pow­ers parish bod­ies al­ready have within any neigh­bour­hood plan.

Look­ing at the fu­ture needs of Hinck­ley and Bos­worth up to 2036 the bor­ough coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing giv­ing parishes a larger role in the growth of res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

Many parishes are al­ready ac­tively pur­su­ing neigh­bour­hood plans which will have to be for­mally taken into ac­count when de­cid­ing on any change within the com­mu­nity, whether that be eco­nomic or in­dus­trial ad­di­tions or new homes.

Now as well as this in its draft Lo­cal Plan, the bor­ough is seek­ing to broaden parish in­volve­ment.

A bor­ough spokesman said: “We are con­sid­er­ing a pol­icy po­si­tion in which the dis­tri­bu­tion pat- tern for new de­vel­op­ment is de­ter­mined by parish coun­cils and the bor­ough coun­cil. Un­der this op­tion, for the Lo­cal Plan pe­riod, lo­cal parishes will be ex­pected to put for­ward an an­nual fig­ure for the num­ber of new homes, em­ploy­ment and other land uses that they will bring for­ward through their neigh­bour­hood de­vel­op­ment plans.

“The cu­mu­la­tive fig­ure will then be off­set against our bor­ough’s ob­jec­tively as­sessed hous- ing need to es­tab­lish a resid­ual fig­ure. The Lo­cal Plan will dis­trib­ute, through its spa­tial strat­egy, the resid­ual hous­ing, em­ploy­ment and other land uses. In some ar­eas, this will be in ad­di­tion to what is in­cluded in a neigh­bour­hood plan.”

This is just one op­tion the bor­ough coun­cil is look­ing at to guide pol­icy on fu­ture growth.

The draft Lo­cal Plan will be go­ing out to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion soon.

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