Have your say on Peterborough's Local Plan

The city council is inviting residents to get involved with the Local Plan for the area, which will set out a vision for growth over the next 20 years.

The Local Plan will identify the locations for and quantities of new housing, community facilities, shops and employment. 

It will merge and update existing plans such as the core strategy, planning policies, site allocations and City Centre Plan to form one new document.

As the basis for future planning decisions, it is very important that local people contribute their views on the plan.

Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development said: "As a rapidly growing city it is vital that we have a clear strategy on how and where we will manage our growth.

"Peterborough has enormous opportunities at its fingertips and the decisions we make today will shape the city's future. We also have some challenges, which are outlined in the plan.

"We need as many residents as possible to share their views and help make the best possible choices for Peterborough's next generation.

"We specifically want recommendations on new sites for future housing, employment, retail, leisure and cemeteries, as well as amendments to village boundaries and sites that should be considered as a Local Green Space."

Public consultation on the Preliminary Draft Local Plan begins today (Friday 15 January) and will run until Thursday February 25.

All comments received will help inform the Further Draft Local Plan which will be published for public consultation in summer 2016.

Producing a Local Plan is a lengthy process. The current version is a Preliminary Draft Plan, which captures key current issues and sets the direction as to how they will be tackled. It does not yet include specific allocations for new development.

The final version of the Local Plan will be made public in early 2017 before being submitted to the Secretary of State. Once agreed, it would be adopted in 2018.

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