01 November 16
Warrington Borough Council is launching a review of its Local Plan to ensure Warrington is able to meet its development needs over the next 20 years.
For the first stage of this process, the Council would like your views on the proposed scope for the review as set out in the ‘Local Plan Scope and Contents Document’. At the same time, the Council is inviting landowners, developers, the local community and other stakeholders to put forward sites which they think could contribute to meeting Warrington’s development needs over the Plan period.
The Local Plan Scope and Contents Consultation Document and standard response form along with the call for sites form are available on the Council’s web site as well as a number of evidence base documents and Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. These can be viewed at the website address below.
All documents are also available to view electronically at Local Libraries during normal opening hours.
Alternatively, hard copies of the documents and forms are available to view and complete at the following locations during normal working hours:
- New Town House Reception, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH
- WBC Contact Centre, 26-30 Horsemarket Street, Warrington, WA1 1XL
Please send your comments and completed standard reply forms to:
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
By writing to: Warrington Borough Council, Planning Policy and Programmes, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 2NH.
Please return your representation(s) to Planning Policy, Warrington Borough Council no later than 5.00pm on Monday 05th December 2016.
If you have any questions regarding the consultation or would like any further information, please contact the Policy and Programmes Team on 01925 442826
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’.
The following documents and data are available for viewing and downloading. Documents in PDF format can be read using Adobe Reader. Links onto external websites are correct from the time of posting.