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It’s time for you to have your say on the publication draft Wyre local plan

Draft local plan Published Friday, 22 September 2017

The Wyre draft local plan, which sets out the planning strategy for the borough until 2031, was considered at a meeting of full council earlier this month and approved for public consultation

The plan sets out detailed policies for the management of development, including the allocation of land for residential and employment developments.

Now it’s time for you to have your say on the plan.

The consultation will begin on Friday 22 September and end on Friday 3 November.

How did we get here? In 2015, the council consulted with residents and businesses on Issues and Options for the local plan which identified the key issues facing the borough, including an ageing population, pressure for new housing and the creation of sustainable economic growth – and the options for addressing them.

The council received over 750 responses which were taken into consideration and helped to shape the draft local plan.

What happens now? With the evidence now collected and the plan approved at full council, we are about to enter a six week period of consultation, where you can have your say on the local plan.

However, comments received at this stage on the draft local plan, must relate to legal compliance, the duty to cooperate and the ‘soundness’ of the plan. ‘Soundness’ relates to four factors; if it is positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

We have published a guidance note which will assist you in completing the consultation and explain the four factors of soundness. You can view it at www.wyre.gov.uk/localplan

Chief executive of Wyre Council, Garry Payne commented: “The public now have the opportunity to comment on the legal compliance, duty to cooperate and the soundness of the plan.

“It is really important that residents comment on these factors, as these are what the Inspector will take into consideration.”

So, what will happen next? Once the six week consultation period has ended on Friday 3 November, the council will work towards submitting the plan to the government for public examination. Responses will be made available to a Planning Inspector to give them an understanding of local issues.

Following this, the Inspector will identify the key matters and a public examination will be held at which interested parties will be invited to give oral evidence. Providing there are no changes made by the Inspector, the plan will then be adopted by full council.

You can take part in the consultation online here.

Visit www.wyre.gov.uk/localplan to read more about the local plan process.

If you don’t have internet access, you can view the plan and pick up a copy of the consultation form with the guidance note at the following points:

  • Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde
  • Fleetwood Library, North Albert Street
  • Cleveleys Community Church & Centre, Kensington Road
  • Thornton YMCA, Victoria Road East
  • Poulton-le-Fylde Library, Blackpool Old Road
  • Knott End Library, Lancaster Road
  • Garstang Library, Windsor Road

You can also call 01253 891000 for advice on taking part.

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