Have your say on how city and county will growPublished Thursday, 11th January 2018
People are being asked to have their say on a plan setting out how Leicester and Leicestershire will grow in the future.
A draft Strategic Growth Plan is being developed by a partnership formed by Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils, the seven local borough and district authorities and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).
It puts forward proposals for the new housing and transport improvements that would be needed to attract jobs and investment to Leicester and Leicestershire from now until 2050.
The final version of the plan will provide strategic direction and help shape the Local Plans that the city, borough and district councils are preparing or reviewing.
It will also be used to support bids for Government funding to deliver the infrastructure needed to support growth.
Now, people are invited to comment on the plan by taking part in a county-wide consultation, which runs from 11 January until 5 April 2018.
The plan estimates that Leicester and Leicestershire needs 96,580 new homes and 367-423 hectares of employment land from 2011-2031. Some of these homes have already been built or have planning permission.
Beyond 2031, the plan identifies the need for a further 90,500 dwellings and additional employment land, which is why further land needs to be unlocked. Local Plans will deal with the detailed allocation of which sites will be brought forward.
Draft proposals put forward in the Strategic Growth Plan include major infrastructure improvements on which new growth is dependent. These include a new link road – the A46 Expressway – to the south and east of Leicester, running from the M69 and the M1 to the A46 north of the city.
The A5 and A42 would also be upgraded to expressway status, supporting growth in these areas. Rail improvements are also proposed.
These road and rail improvements would require significant Government investment and would relieve congestion pressures along the M1 and more widely across the Midlands. It would also potentially unlock land for the required housing and employment.
Key areas for potential growth are the city of Leicester and the corridor of land around the proposed new road. Secondary areas for growth are identified in the north and the south of the county – there would be a ‘northern gateway’ close to East Midlands Airport, and a ‘southern gateway’, close to Magna Park.
Growth is also proposed for Melton and Lutterworth, where it would support transport improvements and relieve congestion in the towns. New housing would be built closer to where people work, to minimise congestion from commuters.
Cllr Joe Orson, Leader of Melton Borough Council explained:
“The draft Strategic Growth Plan has been developed by working with our neighbouring Councils to devise a solution to the future needs of Leicester and Leicestershire. The draft plan reinforces our ambition for growth for Melton that our own Local Plan proposes. By having a Strategic Plan we can make sure the right development takes place in the right places and in the right quantity, and includes the infrastructure it needs.
Leicester and Leicestershire are strongly placed to attract investment and increase prosperity and Melton wishes to share in this prosperity. The SGP shows one way that development can contribute to this and I encourage residents and businesses to have their say”.
City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We have ambitious plans for our city and county, and we want to see them grow and prosper in the future.
“This plan is a chance for us to shape that growth, taking advantage of the opportunities it will bring while remembering our responsibilities to the local environment and existing built heritage.
“Leicester is a city that has grown not just in population but in confidence and pride over the past few years. And Leicestershire is a county benefitting from both proven economic success and great potential. We want to capitalise on these major strengths with our Strategic Growth Plan.”
To take part in the consultation, please see the website llstrategicgrowthplan.org.uk or contact any of the local authorities or the LLEP. Local consultation events are also being planned. Details will be on the website in due course.
For more information please contact:
Head of Regulatory Services
Melton Borough Council
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