05:54PM, Friday 24 June 2016
A target of building almost 10,000 homes in the Royal Borough by 2032 has been set in the latest draft of the new Borough Local Plan.
The scheme, which is intended to unite development policy for a range of areas, including housing, retail, employment and leisure, is due to go before the cabinet in July, and full council in August, ahead of a final public consultation and submission to the secretary of state in September.
The programme will be dated retrospectively, to run from 2013 until 2032, in order to take account of other projects already approved or underway.
A target of building 13,528 homes over this 19 year period has been set – the equivalent of 712 per year.
The current draft of the Borough Local Plan is expected to account for about 70 per cent of that.
Derek Wilson, cabinet member for planning, said: “The Borough Local Plan affects us all, as this is about homes, leisure centres, new schools, as well as a wide range of other amenity sites that could be developed in the next 16 years.
“We are committed to doing all we can to make the borough a great place to live, work and enjoy, and this plan is about providing the right development in the right places at the right time.
“We want to provide a borough for everyone and enable and support sustainable but sympathetic development to meet the growing needs for accommodation with the growing population.
“I would encourage everyone to get involved and have their say when we consult on the Borough Local Plan.
“This plan will affect you and your community and it is important you give us your views.
“The adopted plan will provide certainty to residents, businesses, local developers and others on what the development strategy is and on future land uses within the Borough.”
The draft plan can be viewed here.
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