Members of the public are being invited to have their say on the council’s new local plan. The council is reviewing its local plan which will guide decisions on planning applications across the borough. It sets out how and where homes, jobs, green spaces, shops and infrastructure will be delivered up to 2031.
Consultation on the Emerging Draft Plan starts this week and runs until 27 May 2016.
For Wellingborough, the local plan will be made up of two separate documents:
• Part 1: The North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS); and
• Part 2: The Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough (PBW).
The JCS covers Wellingborough, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Corby. It sets out the strategy for the whole area. The PBW gives more details about specific sites for development within the town and surrounding villages of Wellingborough.
The PBW will replace the policies in the Town Centre Area Action Plan (2009) and the saved policies from The Borough of Wellingborough Local Plan (1999 and 2004).
The PBW Emerging Draft Plan and supporting documents can be viewed and commented on via the council’s website www.wellingborough.gov.uk/emergingdraft. Copies are also available at local libraries and at the council’s offices at Swanspool House and Tithe Barn.
Councillor Jon-Paul Carr, Services Committee Chairman said: "This is an opportunity for people to get involved and help shape the future of their communities. It’s very important that people take the time to consider the plan and give us their feedback."
To help people understand the plan a number of events have been arranged. At these events members of the public will have the opportunity to talk to the council’s planning policy team, view the plan, ask questions and give comments. The events are being held at:
Swansgate Shopping Centre, Wellingborough – 21 April 2016, 10am-2pm and
23 April 2016, 11am-1pm
Morrisons, Wellingborough – 26 April 2016, 1pm-4pm
Finedon Town Hall, Finedon – 28 April 2016, 2pm-6pm