Time running out to have your say on key phase of Melton Council’s new Local Plan

Have your say

Time is running out to comment on Melton Council’s new Local Plan.

The public consultation on the key ‘Issues and Options’ document ends on January 12.

It’s the second stage in the preparation of the plan which will help to decide where at least 5,000 new houses will be built over the next 25 years or whether our roads and schools can accommodate this growth.

It will guide development throughout the borough over this period and will be the key tool that will guide decisions on planning applications and decide where the housing, retail and business needs of the community will be provided and how important countryside, ecological and heritage features will be protected.

A council spokesman said: “This is the first stage in the production of the new Local Plan. Following initial input from the local community and stakeholders we have prepared the Melton Local Plan Issues and Options document. The next stage, the preferred options, will be published in May.”

Consultation on a draft strategy for the borough, including preferred development sites, is set to take place between May and August. There would then be further stages in the Local Plan development process, including external examination by an inspector, with the plan expected to be adopted by the council in May 2017.

l The Issues and Options document can be read at www.meltonplan.co.uk where you can also submit comments online.

Copies are also available at local libraries and from parish councils. If you need more information call the council’s planning policy team on (01664) 502321.