The borough’s Green Belt and housing development are just two of the key priorities that the Council will consult on for its new Local Plan.
Havering residents and other stakeholders are invited to share their views on what they think is important in the borough, from transport and green spaces to schools, housing and heritage.
Respondent’s views will be used to help inform the local plan for the borough, which will set out planning policies and priorities for the future. The plan will be put into place in 2016 for 15 years.
Stage one of the consultation is now open and anyone wishing to comment will need to do so by Monday 23 March. This consultation follows on from the Council’s wider consultation on the Budget Proposals that took place last year.
The new Local Plan will set out where employment land and businesses are going to be located as well as how many new homes must be provided. It will also set out the standards and expectations the Council has, to ensure that growth and development in the Borough is carried out in a sustainable way, reduces energy consumption and has an acceptable impact on the environment.
There is also an opportunity to review the current Green Belt boundary and determine whether any changes are needed. Suggestions for any revision to Havering’s Green Belt Boundary should be put forward during this consultation. The current Green Belt boundary is shown on the Council’s Proposals Map 2008 which can be viewed online at:www.havering.gov.uk/greenbelt
Key priorities for the Local Plan include:
Business growth and economic activity
New housing provision
Town centre development
Social infrastructure including schools and health provision
Culture and leisure provision
Protecting and enhancing the Green Belt
Environmental management and climate change
Waste management and minerals extraction
Delivering high quality design
Protecting and enhancing Havering’s heritage assets
The Council will use the responses to prepare the final version of the Local Plan. There will then be a second period of consultation in late 2015 prior to the plan being submitted for examination by a Planning Inspector in Spring – Summer 2016. The Local Plan is expected to be adopted in Autumn 2016.
Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said:
“Residents are at the heart of everything we do and that is why it is so important that everyone takes part in this consultation. That way we can make plans that reflect the needs of local people and businesses.”
For more information or to submit a response, visitwww.havering.gov.uk/localplan