Charnwood Local Plan 2021-37 approved for consultation

Residents, businesses and partners will next month get the chance to have their say about Charnwood Borough Council’s vision for the borough.

At a meeting on Monday (June 21) councillors gave their approval for a six-week public consultation on the Charnwood Local Plan 2021-37 and submission to the Secretary of State for examination in public.

The Local Plan provides a robust strategy for growth which simultaneously safeguards the environment and builds healthy communities.

It sets out the location of land and infrastructure needed for the development required to support the growth of the borough up to 2037.

The plan identifies how the borough will meet increased Government targets for new homes, as well as providing employment land and critical infrastructure. 

Councillor Richard Bailey, lead member for planning, said: “The Charnwood Local Plan 2021-37 is critical to the future prosperity and protection of our borough as we emerge from the pandemic and look towards ensuring our undoubted assets realise their full potential.

“This is a key strategic document in a key period in the borough’s history and I would encourage residents, businesses and all our partners to get involved in the public consultation next month.”

For the consultation, it is important to note from the outset that representations will be collected by the council but will be heard by the Planning Inspectorate.

This means that representations must meet the Government’s standard. 

The Council will support residents and other interested parties during the public consultation with the information they need to record their views effectively.

The Charnwood Local Plan 2021-37:

  • Identifies 154 hectares of employment land to support the creation of 8,900 jobs in the borough and lead its pandemic recovery
  • Meets the borough’s housing need – the target figure set by Government – by allocating land for the development of 1,111 new sustainable and well-designed homes each year up to 2037
  • Focuses development towards intensifying and extending existing urban and suburban areas and larger villages, thereby creating accessible community hubs while protecting nearly 279 square kilometres of open countryside
  • Plans for the critical mass of development needed to secure infrastructure – including five new schools at Loughborough, Shepshed, Barrow, Anstey and Syston – as well as health services, roads and public transport networks
  • Will bring in an estimated £200 million in Section 106 money to pay for other improvements to facilities and amenities

Read the report to Council relating to the Charnwood Local Plan 2021-37.

Once approved by the Planning Inspectorate, the document will replace the current Charnwood Core Strategy, which was adopted in 2015.

Information about the consultation will be added to the Council website. Visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/charnwood_local_plan_2021_37

You can also subscribe to the Council’s email alerts and receive updates on the local plan and other issues. Visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/email_alerts