Council’s ‘Call for Sites’ for new Local Plan

A new Local Plan for Amber Valley remains on track to be adopted by March 2018, but a ‘Call for Sites’ has been made to identify areas of the Borough in which housing, employment and other development can take place.

Amber Valley Borough Council needs to have a new Local Plan in place to establish robust, up-to-date policies to steer development where it can contribute to economic growth, whilst at the same time protecting and enhancing the environment.

The Council remains committed to achieving a minimum target of 9,770 additional homes in Amber Valley by 2028. To ensure that sufficient sites can be brought forward for housing development, the Council’s 'Call for Sites' invites landowners, potential developers, town and parish councils and other interested parties to put forward any sites which they consider have potential for development.

Proposed sites considered appropriate will then be included in a Draft Local Plan, along with a range of other policies and proposals, to be published for public consultation early next year. However, submission of a potential site does not mean it will be automatically included as a proposal in the Local Plan.

The Council will only set out its proposed housing sites, once all of the potential sites have been carefully considered, to establish which are most suitable for development and that development can be delivered on those sites. Any sites considered suitable for inclusion in the Local Plan will be subject to further consultation with the public through the Local Plan process later this year.

A progress report on the new Local Plan will be presented to the Council at its meeting on 13 July 2016. As well as providing information on the 'Call for Sites' process, the report provides an update on the other work being undertaken so far on the Local Plan, including a number of further studies, which are required to ensure that the evidence to support the policies and proposals for the Plan is robust.

The Council will also consider a separate report on 13 July, which sets out the overall timetable and the key milestones for achieving an adopted Local Plan by 2018.

Commenting on the development of the new Local Plan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Cllr Trevor Ainsworth, said: “It is important that residents are involved in shaping our Borough’s future and are kept up-to-date with both the process and our progress so far. At this stage we are simply requesting suggestions for potential sites and there is no guarantee that any proposal will make it to the Local Plan. Even if a site is considered suitable for inclusion it will be subject to further consultation with the public.”

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