Tuesday, August 11, 2009

News: Consultation on Rotherham core strategy


The deadline for comments on the Local Development Framework Core Strategy was due to end on Friday, August 7. However, the Council is happy to take further comments until the end of August.

Cllr Gerald Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation for the authority, said: "We have already held extensive consultations on the Core Strategy since May 29 but we are taking a flexible attitude to further comments because we appreciate this is a very important stage in planning for the future of the Borough."

Over the past few months the authority has asked the public for their views on three potential options - each of which sets out the broad distribution of future housing and employment land. The Council has to meet housing and employment targets.

This means that around 24,500 new homes are needed in Rotherham between now and 2026, together with around 300 hectares of employment land to provide local jobs.

Following site survey work 328 hectares of potential employment land has been identified; 195 hectares on existing employment sites, and 133 hectares on possible new employment sites.

Views are needed on three broad options for an employment land strategy: "Local jobs" – meeting employment needs through sites in settlements; "Strategic employment locations" – concentrating the majority of land in a small number of accessible locations; and "Hybrid" – combining a number of strategic areas with sites within local communities.

Strategic employment locations include Manvers, Dinnington, Hellaby, Waverley and the Rotherham urban area around the town centre and Templeborough.

RMBC Core Strategy online consultation

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