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Coronavirus: Rutland County Council postpones launch of the final public consultation on its draft local plan

Coronavirus has delayed the launch of the final public consultation on a draft local plan which has divided opinion.

The launch of the final public consultation on Rutland County Council's draft local plan, which includes the 2,215-home St George's Barracks development at North Luffenham, will be postponed until further notice.

Coun Gordon Brown (Con-Ketton), deputy leader of the county council and cabinet member for planning, said: “The local plan is incredibly important for the future of our county but, right now, the council’s focus must be on protecting vulnerable people and supporting communities through the coronavirus pandemic.

Evolving masterplan for St George's Barracks
Evolving masterplan for St George's Barracks

"This requires our full attention and the support of local parish and town councils, meaning consultation on the local plan is not appropriate at this time.

"We will be keeping this decision under continuous review until we reach a point where the local plan can be given the attention it needs. "Ultimately, the local plan is vital for businesses, communities and the future of Rutland.

"It will be imperative that we consult at the earliest possible opportunity.”

The local plan sets out the blueprint for how Rutland may develop up until 2036 and the full council approved the pre-submission local plan for statutory consultation on February 10.

Rutland County Council will begin the process of adding local plan documentation to its website over the next few days, where it can be viewed at any time, and will issue a further update when consultation dates are being considered.

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