Council to report back on Local Plan
Published Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Coventry City Council is set to report back to local people about how it plans to respond to the inspector’s comments on the city's Local Plan.
Following seven months of hearings where local people also had the opportunity to make their points to the inspector, a number of changes have been suggested. These include a review of the drainage and flood risk policies, strengthening of the plans’ approach to infrastructure and a new master planning policy to steer major developments with the involvement of local communities.
Councillor Linda Bigham, Cabinet Member for Community Development, said: "It's really important that we have an approved plan for how the city will grow and develop. We're ambitious for local people and for the economic benefits and opportunities that come from growth. But, we've worked hard to balance the city's ambition whilst also continuing to protect the highest value and most sensitive green spaces across Coventry.
"The next stage involves going back out to local people and explaining how we are responding to the points raised by the inspector. Most points were small, so there aren't any big changes, but I hope people will attend a drop in in their area or in the city centre to find out more and tell us what they think.
"I've said it before, but it's worth repeating - the longer we don't have an approved plan, the more vulnerable we are to housing developers bringing forward inappropriate sites without the necessary infrastructure to support them."
The Coventry Local Plan and City Centre Area Action Plan were submitted to the Secretary of State on 1 April 2016. This followed a period of statutory public consultation between 18 January 2016 and 29 February 2016.
Drop in sessions have been arranged so that local people can find out more about the inspector’s comments, as well as how the Council proposes to respond. This consultation period will start on 15 March 2017 and run until 28 April 2017.
Drop in sessions:
•Xcel Centre youth room – Friday 24 March - 4pm – 7.30pm
•Central library - Saturday 25 March - 10am – 12.30pm
•Eastern Green Social Club – Monday 27 March - 4pm – 7.30pm
•President Kennedy school – Wednesday 29 March - 4pm – 7.30pm
•Grangehurst Primary School – Thursday 6 April - 4pm – 7.30pm
•Whitley Academy – Tues 11 April - 4pm – 7.30pm
Following this consultation process the proposed modifications and all received responses will be sent to the Inspector for her final consideration in May.