6th October 16
Warrington Borough Council is launching a review of its Local Plan to drive forward the growth and development of the borough over the next 20 years.
The council’s executive board will be asked, on Monday 10 October, to begin consultation on the plan, which aims to provide the housing, business, jobs and infrastructure the borough needs.
If Warrington is to meets its development needs and aspirations to become a ‘New City’, then evidence gathered by the council has concluded that around 20,000 new homes and a total of 363 hectares of land for business and employment will be required by 2037.
Detailed work has been carried out by the council’s planning team to evaluate urban areas across the borough which could accommodate growth. This has suggested ‘urban capacity’ to deliver 107 hectares of employment land and 15,000 new homes.
There may therefore be the need to release green belt land to ensure Warrington has the housing, employment and development land it requires to meet its development needs.
Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for environment, Cllr Judith Guthrie, said: “Warrington’s Local Plan is an important document, which will guide our development over the next 20 years. We have to ensure that we have a plan which can drive our borough forward despite the difficult economic climate and deliver our priorities for growth.
“What’s equally important is that we take on-board the views of local people. It’s vital that they are involved in the development of the plan and have the opportunity to help us set out the way forward and identify specific sites for development. We want or Local Plan to be as inclusive as possible, so it will be important for people to fully engage in the process.”
If the executive board approves the review of the Local Plan, it will pave the way to the launch, on 24 October, of a six-week public consultation period, giving residents, land owners, developers and other stakeholders the chance to have their say.
This will include a ‘Call for Sites’, with people being asked to air their views on locations – urban and Green Belt - where development should happen, sites which should not be developed, and areas which should be developed carefully.
The executive board will also be asked, at their meeting on 10 October, to approve a new Local Development Scheme (LDS) which sets out the detailed programme and timetable for the Review of the Local Plan. This programme includes 2 further rounds of public consultation over the next 18 months as the potential locations to accommodate new homes and jobs are identified as the Plan is worked up in more detail.
About the Local Plan
- Under government policy, every local planning authority is expected to deliver sustainable economic growth through up to date Local Plans which will contain strategies and initiatives to achieve their aims.
- In accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) the Council must demonstrate exceptional circumstances to justify the release of Green Belt, demonstrating that it can help accommodate growth in a sustainable manner, supporting social and physical infrastructure and providing a high quality residential and working environment.
- The housing and employment need assessments carried out by the council are based on Warrington’s past economic performance, current and future market demand and the local authority’s development aspirations for Warrington to progress from a New Town into a ‘New City’.
5th October 2016
The Mayor of Warrington has met with a group of local people to find out about their journeys to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Cllr Faisal Rashid invited service users from the ‘Pathways to Recovery’ drug and alcohol treatment and recovery service to the Town Hall, because he was keen to learn more about their experiences.
They spoke to Cllr Rashid about how they are working towards recovery, supported by the ‘Pathways’ service.
The group is following a new programme, launched in March this year, which supports people affected by drug and alcohol misuse. The service is run by Change, Grow, Live (CGL), a multi-agency partnership led by social care and health charity services in Warrington and commissioned by Warrington Borough Council’s Public Health Team.
The CGL team provides services which focus on recovery and people living healthy and fulfilled lives. It aims to help people become free from drugs and alcohol and also become positive and active members of their community.
A wide range of techniques are used by the team, including psychological interventions, to ensure the overall physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of service users.
The Mayor said: “I attended the launch of the new service back in March and the people taking part in the programme really inspired me. To see how these people are taking steps to deal with their addiction and to come out of it, to see their commitment – it’s marvellous and it needs to be recognised.”
Jamie, one of the service users who met the Mayor, said: “There is a lot of stigma around addiction and we really appreciate the Mayor helping to raise awareness and trying to break the stigma.
“Addiction can happen to anyone. It’s important that people know that your addiction doesn’t define you, you can change, you can grow. It’s been a great experience to talk with the Mayor and highlight how recovery is working in Warrington.”
Alan Cook, a CGL worker who accompanied the group, said: “It’s great that the Mayor has taken the time to listen, to be educated and to show his support for these men and women. We really appreciate that”.
Jamie added: “The pathways service has saved my life. I was so badly addicted to alcohol, it led to me being in a coma for nine weeks and I nearly died. With the help of pathways, I have managed to abstain from alcohol for 17 months now”.
Addiction affects not just the individual but their whole family – parents, children and siblings – often giving rise to anger, anxiety and embarrassment, among other emotions. A partner agency – Footsteps – works with the families of service users to help them to cope throughout the process of recovery, and to support the individual.
To find out more about CGL’s service, visit www.changegrowlive.org and type ‘Pathways to Recovery’ into the search box.
First published by Warrington Borough Council on Thursday 29th September 2016
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