Have your say on Fenland’s 20-year plan

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A REVISED version of Fenland District Council’s “Core Strategy” went out for a six-week public consultation on Thursday.

It gives local people a second chance to comment on the draft strategy, which maps out a bold vision for the development of Fenland over the next 20 years. It envisages a minimum of 11,000 new homes and 7,200 jobs being created in the district by 2031.

The amended document is broadly the same as the first draft published last July. However, some changes have been made, partly in response to comments made in the previous consultation last year and partly to bring the strategy fully into line with the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published by the Government in March 2012.

One of the main changes required by the NPPF is to give a more definitive picture of where future developments will be built.

The Core Strategy seeks to identify how Fenland can best attract investment and bring increased prosperity while preserving the district’s special character and heritage.

The latest consultation runs until 5pm on September 5, 2012. The proposals will then have to go through several more stages, including further consultation and an independent planning inspection before they are finally adopted.

The changes required by the NPPF have extended the likely date for the strategy’s adoption to approximately November 2013.

Councillor Kit Owen, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for neighbourhood planning, said: “The Core Strategy will determine the way the district grows and develops over the next 20 years.

“We are seeking to be flexible and guide development rather than dictating it and we are encouraging both sustainability and quality. So it is very important that the whole Fenland community is engaged to play an active part in helping to shape a sustainable future for the district. This is another chance for them to have their say.”

The full draft of the “Fenland Communities Development Plan – Core Strategy” document can be viewed online at www.fenland.gov.uk/core-strategy

Alternatively, printed versions of the Plan and associated documents can be found at the following locations:

Fenland Hall Business Reception

Libraries and Fenland @ your service shops in Chatteris, March, Whittlesey and Wisbech

Mobile library

The Rosmini Centre, Wisbech

Leisure centres at March, Whittlesey and Wisbech

You can submit comments in several ways:

Online by going to www.fenland.gov.uk/core-strategy

Email to neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk

Post to Neighbourhood Strategy (Planning Policy) Team, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, PE15 8NQ

A special comments form is available to download from www.fenland.gov.uk/core-strategy. Hard copies are available at the addresses above.

Responses must be received no later than 5pm on September 5, 2012.

If you have any further queries, call our Hotline number on 01354-622448.