Colchester Borough Council have developed a new Local Plan for the Borough and now want you to have your say. They will be consulting between 16th June – 11th August with 12 drop-in sessions taking place between those dates. The following information is provided by CBC:
The new Plan will set out the strategy for the growth of the Borough up to 2033 and beyond, including the type, location, quantity and timing of new development. The new Local Plan will set out the Council’s ideas for the long term aims and aspirations of the Borough taking into account national guidance and evidence. It will include policies and land allocations that help to deliver them. The Publication Draft Local Plan is in two Parts;
Last year we consulted on a Preferred Options Local Plan and have made some changes to the plan to reflect comments received and updated evidence. This Plan now sets out the policies and proposals which the Council considers are the most appropriate for the area to meet the needs of the Borough up to 2033 and beyond. Following this consultation the Plan will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination which will consider any comments made to this consultation.
Your responses to this consultation will be considered by an Independent Examiner appointed to consider the Colchester Local Plan. To comply with Government guidance, and to help ensure that comments are submitted in a format that the Inspector examining the plan can readily use, your representations must include the following:
Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
Justified – the policy should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
Effective – the policy should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
Consistent with national policy – the policy should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, 2012).
You also need to indicate;
All these steps are set out clearly when you log on to the online system.
Note: Representations which do not clearly address these points may not be considered valid. Please respond online.