Melton Local Plan to be submitted to GovernmentPublished Thursday, 28th September 2017
Following a full council meeting held on 27th September 2017, councillors agreed to submit the Melton Local Plan to the Government for independent examination.
A total of 652 representations have been made and having considered all the views, along with all the supporting evidence, the Melton Local Plan sets out Melton Borough Council’s preferred approach to addressing the issues which will affect the future of the borough.
The Melton Local Plan, once in place, will provide the framework for the provision of the borough’s development needs - where the housing, retail and business needs of the community will be provided and how important countryside, ecological and heritage features will be protected.
Cllr Leigh Higgins, Deputy Leader of MBC explained: “This is a plan for growth and to unleash the huge potential we have in Melton. It is a plan for the whole borough and will position us well to realise that potential as well as meet future needs and address some longstanding problems, such as congestion in Melton Mowbray and the unaffordability of housing. It will also help us to access funding opportunities for major projects, such as the distributor road and improvements to schools”.
The examination will provide a detailed review of the entire content of the Melton Local Plan. Interested parties will be able to attend the examination and make further representations to an independent Government Inspector should they wish to do so. The Council expects to receive a timetable for the examination shortly and this will be updated on the Melton Plan website at: www.meltonplan.co.uk.
The draft plan covers the policies and proposals for the borough up to 2036 and includes the following key areas:
- Provision of housing land for 6125 houses, with a 65/35% split between the town and villages and two major sustainable neighbourhoods, providing most of the growth in Melton Mowbray.
- Key infrastructure provision – the Melton distributor road as part of the new development, and an explanation on how these can be connected to the east of the town to provide a complete solution to the town’s traffic problems.
- Employment land of sufficient quantity and quality in key locations to allow businesses to start up, grow or relocate.
- Environmental polices that protect our countryside and historic heritage.
- The proposed Community Infrastructure Levy to collect a tariff for any new housing development.
- Site allocations and affordable housing provisions.
The Melton Local Plan also considers the infrastructure and facilities which will support the borough, including proposals for traffic alleviation in Melton Mowbray. This identifies essential new or improved infrastructure which will be required to support the scale and pattern of growth included in the plan.
For more information please contact:
Head of Regulatory Services
Melton Borough Council
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