The Chesterfield Borough Council’s Local Plan is set to be submitted to Government today (28 June).
The local plan will provide the framework for the provision of the borough’s development needs up to 2033 - where the housing, retail and business needs of the community will be provided and how important countryside, ecological and heritage features will be protected.
Councillors agreed at the full council meeting on 12 December 2018 that a public consultation on the pre-submission local plan should be organised before submitting the plan to the Government for independent examination.
Cllr Terry Gilby, portfolio holder for economic growth, explained: “The public consultation on the pre-submission local plan took place between 14 January 2019 and 22 February 2019. A total of 438 representations were made.
“The local plan, along with supporting documents and copies of all the representations that were made during the consultation, will be submitted to the Government on 28 June 2019”.
The local plan will now be subject to an independent examination by a planning inspector. This will provide a detailed review of the entire document.
The council expects to receive a timetable for the examination shortly and this will be updated on the council’s website at: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/localplan.
The programme officer, who works on behalf of the planning inspector, will contact everyone who responded to the 2019 pre-submission consultation to provide further detail on the examination process.
The examination is likely to include a series of hearings on what the inspector deems to be critical issues affecting the plan.
Respondents who made representations proposing changes to the plan during the pre-submission public consultation may be invited to take part in a hearing. Those selected will be contacted by the programme officer once the hearing timetable has been finalised.
During the examination period, the submission and examination material will be available to be viewed by the public here.
Printed copies of the local plan and key submission documents will also be available to view at the council’s Customer Contact Centre, at Chesterfield Library and at Staveley Library. Please see the Notice of Submission for full details on availability of documents.