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Have your say on the Local Plan before the deadline expires

21 March 2017

As the deadline of 24 March fast approaches Allerdale Borough Council is encouraging everyone to have their say on the draft Local Plan (Part Two).

The plan will set out the preferred locations for development in the area to 2029. It considers possible development across Allerdale outside of the Lake District National Park. It is for the local community to decide on the plan which incorporates national planning policies. 

The ‘Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD)’ or Allerdale Local Plan (Part Two) will identify or ‘allocate’ sufficient areas of land for specific types of development and land uses such as housing, employment, retail, leisure and open space.

One of the key priorities for the Council is to strengthen the local economy through sustainable economic development as well as improving the housing stock in the area. The draft local plan seeks to build a local economy which is strong, diversified and well connected, with a growing and highly skilled population, with high employment, capitalising on skills and opportunities in the nuclear, energy and tourism sectors.  

The Council has already identified a need for a minimum of 5,471 new dwellings between 2011-2029. The plan seeks to spread this housing development across the borough to meet local needs, and to ensure that all sections of society have access to affordable, well designed homes that meet a range of needs, are close to jobs, services and sustainable transport and protects historic buildings. It also looks to develop prosperous local town centres which are supported by sustainable rural communities.

It is the Council's job to balance this development without overly affecting the local communities in an adverse way. This consultation forms part of this process and gives communities the opportunity to have their say on which areas should be developed and which safeguarded.

Mark Fryer, Executive Member with responsibility for economic growth said: "Our recent independent survey says that jobs and economic growth are key priorities for local people. We want to build communities which will prosper and grow, where local young people can afford to live and get good jobs and stay in the area. This plan will contribute to deciding where growth in the area happens. As planning applications come in to the Council they will be judged against the Local Plan so it is crucial we get this right now. So now is the time to have your say on how your community develops."

The Council has been holding drop-in sessions over the last few weeks to give residents the opportunity to see the plans and discuss them with planning policy officers. The consultation ends on 24 March 2017. Full details can be found at: www.allerdale.gov.uk/Siteallocations   .

Once the responses from the consultation have been analysed the final plan will be decided at Full Council giving all Members the opportunity to vote on the plan.

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