Have your say on future development in Ashfield

Residents oppose housing
Residents oppose housing

Ashfield folk are being invited to comment on the document which will shape the district’s growth and development over the next decade.

Council bosses have announced that they are bringing forward Ashfield Local Plan Publication for people to make comments before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

The Local Plan sets out the council’s vision for growth in Ashfield up to 2024 and will indicate where new homes will be built to meet housing needs and where jobs will be.

Policies will also protect green infrastructure and the natural environment, such as nature reserves, from development.

The Local Plan Publication develops the policies set out in the Preferred Approach which was consulted on last autumn.

A council spokesman said: “The council has listened to all viewpoints and changed parts of the document in response, resulting in a plan which reflects engagement with the public. In bringing forward the Local Plan, difficult choices have had to be made but the council now considers the policies ready for submission for examination by an independent inspector.”

The inspector will consider representations on the Local Plan and any party has the opportunity to comment on whether the council has produced a plan which is both sound and legally compliant.

At this stage of the Local Plan comments should only relate to the legal compliance and soundness of the document.

The Local Plan Publication will be available at www.ashfield-dc.gov.uk from today. The documents can be viewed at the council’s offices in Kirkby and at libraries in Ashfield and other district council offices. Folk can also call Mansfield 457381 for details. Anyone wishing to make representations on the plan should do so by 5pm on 30th September.