Locals invited to have say on new Local Plan to shape future of borough

LOCALS ARE invited to have their say on a new Local Plan for the borough which is being prepared by Oldham Council.

This will replace the existing Local Plan – the ‘Joint Core Strategy and Development Management Development Plan Document’ – which was adopted November 2011.

The new Local Plan will help to guide and manage future growth and development to meet the needs of Oldham and its population.

It will contain policies that will be used as the basis for determining planning applications and will identify sites for development as well as areas for protection.

Oldham Council is currently involved in the preparation of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) and the new Local Plan will form an integral part of that.

As a key early stage in the preparation of the Local Plan, the Council is producing a report setting out the main issues the Plan is seeking to address and the reasonable options for addressing these.

To inform this work they are seeking views from the local community and stakeholders about what they think:

  1. the Local Plan should contain and what are the key planning issues for Oldham and;
  2. what, in broad terms, should be the main aims of the Local Plan.

Comments are invited over a six-week period from 10 July to 21 August 2017 and comments can be submitted online at http://oldham-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/oc/planning/spi/

Alternatively, comments can be emailed to spi@oldham.gov.uk or returned by post to the following address no later than 5pm on 21 August 2017:

Strategic Planning and Information
Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods
Room 310, Level 3, Civic Centre
West Street,
Oldham
OL1 1UH

All comments will be held by the Council and will be available to view publicly. Your personal information will not be published, but your name and organisation (if relevant) will.

In responding to this consultation, your contact details will automatically be added to the consultation database (if not already held). If you do not want to be contacted about future Local Plan consultations please state this in your response.

Oldham’s Monitoring Report 2015-16 can be viewed on the council’s website, in local libraries and at the Civic Centre planning reception.

The Report provides details on whether the Council is meeting the milestones set out in the LDS for preparing the various Local Plan documents. The Monitoring Report also monitors a range of planning indicators, such as housing, employment and biodiversity.

If you wish to discuss any issues or require any further information contact the Strategic Planning and Information Team by calling 0161 770 4061 or email: spi@oldham.gov.uk

Meanwhile, Saddleworth Parish Council is in the process of writing its own Neighbourhood Plan which will help shape the future of Saddleworth.

They are currently holding a community consultation to ask local communities about issues that matter to them, including housing, businesses and employment, schooling, transport and traffic, infrastructure, local green spaces, heritage and conservation.

Find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan and how to get involved on the Parish Council website: http://saddleworthparishcouncil.org.uk

 

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