Work starts on blueprint for Harborough district

More homes will feature heavily in the new Local Plan
More homes will feature heavily in the new Local Plan

The drawing up of a blueprint for thousands of new homes and jobs in the district has begun once again.

Also up for discussion will be where to place Gypsy and travellers’ sites.

As part of its work to create a new Local Plan, Harborough District Council is drawing up options to ensure it meets its statutory requirement for 475 new homes a year over the period 2011 to 2031.

About 9,500 properties need to built with 5,800 homes already constructed or been given planning permission since 2011.

Last night (Wednesday), the council’s Local Planning Executive Advisory Panel was due to discuss recommendations on a number of these housing options.

They include dispersing development across the district or concentrating development into one or two new ‘strategic development areas’ either at Kibworth, Lutterworth, or at Thurnby/Scraptoft adjoining Leicester, including significant road infrastructure.

Consideration was due to be given as to how each option would impact on the future growth of other towns and villages across the district.

There will also be a focus on providing job opportunities and employment development in the district, as well as new shops, Gypsy and travellers’ sites, and parks.

By September of this year, residents will be formally asked for their views on the proposed options.

Councillors and officers will then consider the outcome of the public consultation, along with other issues such as transport and sustainability appraisals, before coming to a decision early next year on which option or combination of options is best for its on new Local Plan.

A draft Local Plan will then be written, and published again for public feedback. It will be examined by an independent Planning Inspector before being adopted.

The Local Plan Options – Advisory Panel report can be viewed on the Harborough District Council website at www.harborough.gov.uk