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Residents chance to comment on Bromsgrove district plan
12:30pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Local
RESIDENTS are being given the chance to comment on the soundness of Bromsgrove’s district plan, setting out the future development of the town until 2030.
The plan contains housing and employment allocations right across the district - including an element on meeting the identified housing needs of Redditch.
At the full council meeting, held on September 25, the plan was debated and members of the Labour group were particularly critical of it.
Sidemoor councillor Chris Bloore said if members approved the plan they would be setting up Bromsgrove to fail, and called for it to be deferred.
This was supported by Waseley councillor Peter McDonald, who said the plan did not do anything for affordable housing.
Members of the Bentley Area Action Group, sitting in the public gallery, applauded the critical comments.
The group is opposed to Bromsgrove taking on thousands of extra homes so that neighbouring Redditch can meet its housing need, with one of the sites identified being in Foxlydiate.
The motion to defer was rejected, while the plan was approved 21 votes to six.
This means it is now in the proposed submission stage and residents can submit a representation telling the planning inspector what parts of it they feel are unsound or not legally compliant.
Any necessary changes could then be made, prior to it being submitted to the Government for independent examination.
Councillor Kit Taylor, whose portfolio covers the Bromsgrove Local Plan, said: “The strategic planning manager and his team have worked extremely hard to get to this stage and I am keen it progresses into the next stage.
“However, I would urge any residents who have a query regarding the soundness or legal compliance to take advantage of the help being offered in submitting any representations.”
The authority’s planning officers will be available to offer guidance anytime, Monday to Friday, from 9am until 5pm at the main reception of Bromsgrove Council House, Burcot Lane, until November 9.
Officers will also be available in the Council House’s conference room from 4pm until 8pm on October 1, and from 4pm to 8pm in the committee room on October 17 and 31.
Alternatively, visit the Customer Service Centre in School Drive anytime from 9am until 11.30am, on October 5, 19 and November 2.
Views on the plan need to be submitted before the deadline of 5pm on Monday, November 11.
For more details on the plan visit bromsgrove.gov.uk/bdp.
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