Stevenage’s local plan latest

10 Jan 2017

Stevenage Borough Council is encouraging people to come along to a series of sessions to hear about the progress of Stevenage’s local plan.

Hearing sessions take place throughout January, February and March following the Secretary of State’s appointment of a Senior Planning Inspector to examine Stevenage’s proposed local plan. The council’s planning team and members of the public who submitted objections to the plan will take part.

Following a six-week public consultation at the start of 2016, the planning inspector will now discuss the soundness of Stevenage’s plan, taking into consideration the views of residents and businesses who have agreed to make representations at the hearings.

Stevenage’s proposed local plan sets out proposals for regenerating the town centre, creating employment opportunities and revitalising neighbourhood centres as well as examining possible sites to build around 7,600 new homes across the town by 2031.

Councillor John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration said: “These sessions are a great way for local people to find out more about our local plan. Our plan aims to create a vision for Stevenage to take us to 2031. This vision remains true to the garden city neighbourhood principles upon which the postwar new towns were developed. It will protect and enhance our urban green spaces, provide much needed new homes, enable regeneration of the town centre, and we hope create better opportunities and life chances for all people that live in, or come to, Stevenage in the future. I look forward with interest to hearing what the Planning Inspector has to say.”

The sessions take place at the Forum Conference Suite in the Ibis Hotel, there’s no need to book so just turn up. For more information about the examination sessions, please visit our website http://www.stevenage.gov.uk/149690/planning-policy/165360/171385/

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