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Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough-Publication Plan consultation (September 2017)

PBW Publication Plan Consultation

The council has now reached the next milestone in the preperation of the Part 2 Local Plan for the borough. A Publication Plan has been prepared and was consulted on between 20 September and 3 November 2017. Hard copies of this plan were made available for viewing at local libraries and at Swanspool House reception.

The Publication Plan updates a previous emerging draft version of the plan and responds to comments recieved at the emerging draft stage. The Plan covers a broad range of local policies that will guide decisions on planning applications and development in the borough up to 2031.

This Publication Plan plans for a compact retail offer and a diverse town centre; provision of enough homes to meet your needs; protection and provision of open space, sports and recreation; and the protection of existing employment areas.

A Leaflet summarising the topics covered by the Publication Plan is available for download.

At this stage, the council sought feedback on whether the Plan was prepared in accordance with the Duty to Co-operate, legal and procedural requirements and whether it is sound when considered against the 'Tests of Soundness' set out in National Policy, namely whether the Plan is:

A: Positively Prepared

B: Justified

C: Effective

D: Consistent with National Policy 

More information on the Tests of Soundness is set out in the Guidance Note on Making Representations. Please read this before you complete your representation. 

Consultation period

The Publication Plan consultation period ran for a period of six weeks between:

  • 9.00AM on 20 September 2017 to 5.00PM on the 3 November 2017.

Respondents were able to respond to as many or as few policy areas as they liked as part of this consultation. All representations however, needed to relate to the Duty to Co-operate, legal and procedural requirements or the tests of Soundness referred to above.

How to Comment

Once the consultation period was opened respondents were able to comment in the following ways:

If responding by email or in writing then comments must be made on the Representation Form, this ensures that we collated all the information needed to address comments.

There are several documents helped respondents to make a Representation as well as providing further information:

Supporting Information

Several Background Papers, made available as paper copies at local libraries and in Swanspool House Reception, have been produced to support the Publication plan.

Studies commisioned by the council have also been used as part of the evidence base.

A Sustainability Appraisal, including a non-technical summary and a Habitats Regulations Assessment were also available to view.

Keep Updated

The future of the borough is important for everyone who lives, works or visits and now is a great opportunity to get involved.

Follow the council on Twitter @BCWboro for regular updates on the plan and on related events.

If you would like to be added to our database, and to be kept up-to-date with future stages in the plan process, email us at policyandregeneration@wellingborough.gov.uk , use the words 'Planning Policy Database' in the subject line.

Next Steps

This is intended to be the final stage of public consultation prior to the submission of the plan to the Planning Inspector for Public Examination. After this stage the Inspector is in charge of the Plan and the Examination.

Copies of all comments recieved at this stage of consultation will be sent to the Inspector once they have been collated.