Residents urged to partake in Wigan borough planning survey
7:10am Saturday 26th October 2013 in NW
PEOPLE are being invited to have their say on future development plans for the borough.
On Tuesday, October 29, Wigan Council will launch a survey which residents are invited to respond to in the first stage of consultation as the council begins work on its detailed planning policy and land allocations plan.
The Wigan Allocations and Development Management Local Plan, will follow the framework set out in Wigan’s Local Plan Core Strategy which was adopted by the council in September.
It will define proposed planning land uses across the Borough to the year 2026 and show the boundaries of land to be allocated as housing, employment and other uses.
Deputy Leader of Wigan Council, Cllr David Molyneux, said: “At this early stage we are inviting people to tell us what they think this plan ought to contain and what the key issues for it to address are.
"We want people’s views on where we allocate land for new housing, and for businesses in order to create more jobs. We’d also like people’s views on how we deliver other infrastructure improvements to support development, including education, health, energy, water, and green space.
“We also need to look at how we make it easier to walk and cycle, and enable opportunities for leisure and sport, to help people live healthier lifestyles. And, because we want to make the borough a more pleasant place to live and work, we want views on how we improve the design and landscaping of new buildings and places, and conserve the best of the past while improving the natural environment.”
There will be two full consultation stages in the preparation of the plan, scheduled for mid-2014 and early 2015. Adoption of the plan is scheduled for early 2016.
People are encouraged to complete the survey online. The survey will go live on 29th October at www.wigan.gov.uk/allocationsplan or people can email their views to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also write to the council at: Wigan Council, Places Directorate: Economy and Skills – Planning Policy and Projects, PO Box 100, Wigan, WN1 3DS.
Comments must be received by Tuesday December 10. More information is available on 01942 489223 or 489224.
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