As part of preparing Local Plan Part 2, the decision was taken by the Council’s Cabinet at its meeting yesterday, 12 September, to propose that 27 sites in locations across Rushcliffe be allocated for new housing development. See details and maps.
The Borough Council adopted its Local Plan Part 1 (Core Strategy) in December 2014, which included a housing target for 13,150 homes to be built in Rushcliffe by 2028. The majority of these homes will be delivered on six large sites that the Core Strategy itself has already allocated for development.
The Core Strategy also identifies that further smaller allocations are required through Local Plan Part 2 around some of Rushcliffe’s larger rural town and villages. This is for at least 2,000 new homes in order to contribute to the overall 13,150 home target. Local Plan Part 2 is due to be finished and adopted by the Council later next year.
Councillor Roger Upton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Planning, said:
“The decision that the Borough Council’s Cabinet took last night is an important next step in preparing Local Plan Part 2. It is never easy to decide where new housing should be located, particularly where this will involve some development on greenfield sites. It is, however, believed that the sites we are proposing are the most appropriate ones when taking into account the need to build new homes, but at the same time protecting Rushcliffe’s local environment and making sure that all new homes will be supported by necessary local services and facilities.
Following Cabinet’s decision, there will now be a large scale consultation exercise starting in October, which will allow the wider public to comment of these proposed sites. The Council will take these comments into account before it is finally decided which sites should be included in Local Plan Part 2, which is on course to be published in February 2018.
The full documentAgenda item 4 Local plan part 2 Preferred Housing Sites Report