Friday, October 3, 2014

News: Consultation on Rotherham's development sites

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The specific sites in Rotherham that will be needed over the next 15 years to meet the broad requirements of 12 - 15,000 additional jobs are set to be unveiled later this month.

Rotherham Council's long-running work on a new Local Plan, which began in 2005, includes the Core Strategy - which sets out the broad amount and distribution of future growth - and the Sites and Policies document - which sets out the detailed sites and development management policies to deliver this growth.

The Core Strategy has recently been formally adopted by the council after satisfying government inspectors, making it one of only a few councils to have achieved such recognition for a strategy submitted since the National Planning Policy Framework emerged.

Now further consultation is taking place on the Sites and Policies document with residents, developers and businesses keen to find out which potential development sites for housing and employment are included in this "final draft."

Previous public consultation on the Sites and Policies document was undertaken in summer 2013.

The document also contains development management policies to guide decisions on planning applications and includes designations to protect sensitive locations. A review of all town, district and local centres and Mixed Use areas has been undertaken to inform the uses that will be supported in these areas.

One such policy that is expected to be included will maintain and enhance the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) by supporting uses that can demonstrate that they contribute towards the advanced manufacturing and materials sector, whilst restricting more general employment uses.

The Core Strategy identified that 235 hectares of land in Rotherham will be needed over the next 15 years for employment uses in addition to a housing target of 14,371, or 958 dwellings every year.

A thorough employment land review has taken place and land for employment is to be located in areas of the borough that are already thriving business locations and where regeneration continues to take place - the town centre, Dinnington, Waverley, the Dearne Valley.

The only "new" area is Bassingthorpe Farm, the area close to Rotherham town centre which includes greenbelt land, that has been designated as a Strategic Allocation and the main location for new housing, employment and retail growth. 2,400 dwellings would be joined by 11 hectares for employment use. An employment site at Todwick is also likely to be added.

In a report to the council's cabinet, Andy Duncan, planning policy manager, said: "The Sites and Policies document presents to the public and other interested stakeholders the detail of where potential development sites will be. This enables local people and stakeholders to give their views on individual sites and have a further opportunity to influence the draft before it is eventually submitted to government."

Consultation is scheduled to launch on October 13 with a number of public drop-in sessions set to take place before the consultation ends on November 24.

Rotherham Council website

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