Test Valley Borough Council has launched a public consultation on the drafting of its new Local Plan.
The authority has published an Issues and Options document, which encourages the public to consider the issues that the borough, and those who live and work in Test Valley, will face, and how to deal with them. Feedback from residents on the Issues and Options document will contribute towards the development of detailed policies for the next stage of the plan preparation. The consultation will run until 14 September and can be found at www.testvalley.gov.uk/nextlocalplan
Planning portfolio holder, councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “I would encourage everyone to get involved and let us know your thoughts and ideas. This is your chance to have your say at the very beginning of the process of drafting the new Local Plan and your feedback could help to make a real difference.”
The Local Plan is a statutory document which sets out the vision for how land across the borough will be used in planning terms. It stipulates the scale and location of growth, the infrastructure required and how certain areas of the borough will be protected from development. The council adopted its current Local Plan in January 2016, which covers the period up to 2029. The new Local Plan, which will form the basis for determining all planning applications within the borough, will cover the period up to 2036.