Melton Borough Council

Melton Council to consider Growth Plan

Published Monday, 10th December 2018

A Plan setting out how Leicester and Leicestershire will grow in the future will considered by Melton Councillors on 12th December.

The Strategic Growth Plan has been developed by a partnership made up of 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 future development, including housing provision that will be needed to support population change, meet housing needs and support economic growth from now until 2050.

Cllr Joe Orson, Leader of the Council commented “The Strategic Growth Plan is an exemplar of Councils working together to address issues that will affect us all. Ten local partners have joined together to formulate a long-term plan for our county’s future. The plan will also help us bid for more national funding, for infrastructure that will help to ease congestion and facilitate growth and prosperity.

“The plan will influence more locally-made decisions on planning and development. It gives more control over planning matters back to local authorities and will inform the Local Plans that each authority develops, which set out in more detail how they will allow and encourage future growth.”

Following public consultation, a revised plan has been agreed by a members’ advisory group representing all the partners. If agreed, it will be used to help shape future Local Plans and their reviews.

It will also be used to support bids for Government funding to deliver the infrastructure needed to support growth – including funds for remaining part of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road and improved connections to major centres.

People were invited to comment on the plan by taking part in a county-wide consultation, which ran from 11 January until 10 May 2018. In total, 588 responses were received, 79 per cent of which were from members of the public, with others received from local businesses, developers, landowners, voluntary groups and stakeholders such as parish councils, the police and health.

The comments received were analysed and considered during the preparation of the revised Strategic Growth Plan.

Land required for housing and employment  up to 2031 are contained within existing planning permission or Local Plans, including those contained in the recently adopted Melton Local Plan

Beyond 2031, the plan identifies how the need for a further estimated 90,500 dwellings and additional employment land can be provided across the county. Local Plans will deal with the detailed allocation of which sites will be brought forward for potential development. 

Growth and regeneration is proposed for Melton, where it would support transport improvements and relieve congestion in the town. New housing and employment land in and around Melton Mowbray will be provided as the town and its economy aim to grow.

To find out more about the plan, visit the website at llstrategicgrowthplan.org.uk

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For more information please contact:

Hazel Paterson - Communications Officer

Melton Borough Council

hpaterson@melton.gov.uk

01664 504294