Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet confirmed a detailed timetable for the delivery of its Local Plan at it’s meeting last night.
The Council is preparing a new Local Plan for the Borough for the period until 2036 that will set out how many new homes and how much employment, shopping and other development the Borough needs; the new infrastructure that is needed alongside this (for example new roads, schools, and doctors surgeries); important countryside gaps between towns and villages; and specific areas which need added protection (for example conservation areas or areas of ecology).
The proposed timetable will allow time for the necessary work to be undertaken to maximise the likelihood of the Local Plan being found ‘sound’ and being adopted.
The detailed timetable with key milestones is as follows:
July 2017 – Cabinet resolution to commence consultation (later in the year) on our ‘proposed submission’. Work will continue on evidence gathering before the consultation.
Autumn 2017– a six week ‘proposed submission’ public consultation commences. The public consultation will include further engagement and discussion with local communities, as well as the six week period in which to make formal representations.
Spring 2018 – Council submits the Local Plan to the Secretary of State.
Summer 2018 – Public examination held into the Local Plan, conducted by an independent planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State
Early 2019 – Local Plan is adopted
Work on the Local Plan will now continue with local communities having their chance to comment on future proposals as part of a full consultation process planned in Autumn 2017.