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Draft Local Plan - targeted consultation this summer

Milestones for developing our new Local Plan are set out in an updated Local Development Scheme, which the Executive will consider at its meeting on Tuesday 21 February. The proposed timetable includes targeted public consultation in June-July 2017.

The Local Development Scheme is a legally required public document, which details the completed and remaining stages to deliver the new Local Plan and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, explains: "Our new Local Plan, which we aim to submit for inspection in December 2017, must tackle local issues as well as balance community needs across the whole borough. We received an unprecedented 32,000 comments during last summer's public consultation and it's vital that we took the time needed to review the latest feedback. We will now follow this up with a targeted consultation, so local people and businesses can comment on proposed changes to the latest Draft Local Plan."

Over 6,000 residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders responded to the regulation 19 pre-submission consultation in 2016. In the targeted regulation 19 consultation, proposed for June-July 2017, we will only be asking for comments about the proposed changes.

All comments received in last year's public consultation about any unchanged aspects of the plan will remain valid, and will not be subject to further consultation. We will submit these comments to the independent Planning Inspector and publish them for everyone to read. Responses about specific changes in this year's targeted consultation will also be submitted to the Inspector and published.

Cllr Spooner adds: "We must continue to move forward and support the homes, jobs and leisure opportunities that local people need, as well as address transport, infrastructure and other challenges. Fundamental principles such as brownfield first for development remain but since last summer, we have also taken the opportunity to revisit the evidence that supports the plan. Targeted consultation will be another chance for feedback, alongside the existing comments we already have. Working together is the right way to protect our borough and help our communities and economy thrive, now and in the future."

To view the Executive meeting agenda for 21 February, including the item with the new Local Development Scheme, visit www.guildford.gov.uk/council

We will publish the new Draft Local Plan and any updated evidence nearer to the targeted public consultation.

Published on 13 February 2017.