Wellingborough Council is starting a consultation to give residents a say on plans for development in the borough.
The council is preparing a new local plan to show where growth – such as housing, jobs, green spaces, retail and infrastructure – will happen in the future.
A six-week consultation begins on Monday 26 January to give anyone who lives or works in the borough a chance to comment.
A local plan is a collection of documents that, when taken together, are used to steer future development and regeneration, and guide decisions on planning applications. When adopted, Wellingborough’s plan will cover the borough up to 2031.
The local plan will be made up of two separate documents, with part one being the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS), covering Wellingborough, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Corby and setting out the strategy for the whole area; and part two the Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough (PBW), which gives more details about specific sites for development within the town and surrounding villages.
The council is working on part two – the PBW – at the moment. The plan is at an early stage and the consultation includes questions about whether the issues and challenges identified in the document, as well as the options given for specific sites, are the correct ones to take forward to the next stage.
The consultation will be available on the council’s website and a number of exhibitions will also be held in the town centre. Council officers will be on hand on Wednesday 4 February and Saturday 7 February in the Swansgate Centre, as well as Friday 6 February in Morrisons, to explain the local plan process and answer questions.
Cllr Peter Morrall, chairman of the council’s services committee, said: “The consultation is important to ensure that our new plan reflects the aspirations of the community. It’s the second phase of public consultation and the feedback we receive will help us shape how the plan develops.
“Both parts of the local plan are being consulted on at the moment, but here at the council we’re only looking for views on the PBW, which will help us understand people’s thoughts on how we plan for the future of our borough.”
The consultation runs from 26 January to 9 March. Copies of the document are available online, as well in the council’s receptions and in local libraries.