Peterborough’s new Local Plan was approved at Full Council on Wednesday (24 July), which means it has now been adopted into the council's planning policy guidelines.
The Local Plan provides an appropriate strategy and basis for the managed and sustained growth and regeneration of the city and its surrounding villages, up to 2036.
The decision follows three years of extensive data collection, site appraisals and public consultation by council officials. It will mean those living in the city and those applying for planning permission will be pre-informed on the location of sites earmarked for approval and the level of development allowed.
Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “Peterborough is the fifth fastest growing city in the UK and is expected to grow by 19,400 homes by 2036. It is therefore imperative that we have a properly considered and well structured Local Plan to ensure development is located in the right places with the necessary infrastructure in place to support this rapid growth and in the best interests of our city and its existing communities.
“Developing this plan has involved making some challenging decisions along the way, but I believe the result offers a compromise that has stood up to detailed scrutiny by a planning inspector, giving us confidence it is right and robust.”
Peter Hiller, cabinet member for strategic planning and commercial strategy and investments, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in preparing this successful plan, including the many thousands of residents who took the time to offer their thoughts and suggestions during the wide-ranging consultation stages – this commentary really helped to shape the final submission.
“I would also like to congratulate our very talented planning officers who have worked tirelessly in the past three years to update and finalise this plan. Their expertise and skill is evident in the fact that they are now supporting other councils to complete their local plans, including Fenland District Council, to generate an income for the council which we are using to provide services. This is just one of the many ways we are being more commercial as a council, sharing our staff, selling our services, making maximum revenue from rental and generating income whenever we can to be able to balance our books and continue to provide front-line services to the residents of our city.”
To view the Local Plan, visit www.peterborough.gov.uk