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Rutland County Council gets ready to start first stage of consultation on new Local Plan

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People will soon get the chance to have their say on where building should take place in Rutland.

Rutland County Council plans to launch the first stage of the consultation as it prepares a new Local Plan for the county.

Last year, the council tore up the Local Plan it had submitted to the Planning Inspector because it included plans for the development of St George's Barracks once the Army vacates the site.

Now it is starting again on the plan, which sets out what can be built and where over a period of at least 15 years. The first stage of the consultation is called 'issues and options' and asks residents how they would choose to tackle the big issues that will affect Rutland’s future. People’s choices will then be reviewed alongside detailed evidence and analysis of the same key issues to create a starting point for a new Local Plan.

Lucy Stephenson
Lucy Stephenson

Leader of Rutland County Council Lucy Stephenson (Con) said: “The issues and options consultation is an early step along the path towards a new Local Plan for Rutland. It is an opportunity to shape our towns and villages in a sensitive and sustainable way, provide the infrastructure we need, protect our environment and help local businesses to grow.

“Through the recent Future Rutland Conversation, we have already heard how residents value the rural nature and community feel of Rutland. We also know that sustainability is key. As we move forward, we will be guided by these core principles and the legal constraints that govern the plan-making process. We must also make sure that we are always being led by the evidence that comes from detailed studies of our landscape, housing needs, economic health and environmental credentials. This is vital to ensure the Local Plan can stand up to robust scrutiny when it reaches the independent examination stage.”

The issues and options consultation will start on Thursday next week (June 30) and run until Friday, September 16. This is the first of three consultations that will take place as part of the process to develop Rutland’s new Local Plan before it goes to the government’s planning inspectorate for independent examination in 2024.

Residents will be able to take part in the consultation using a dedicated website. Information will also be available at public libraries and can be provided in print and accessible formats on request. Rutland County Council is also planning pop-up events around the County to tell people about the consultation and how they can take part.

At this stage, no specific sites or development options are being considered or put forward. A request for landowners to suggest possible development sites was issued by Rutland County Council in February as part of the ‘call for sites’ process.

Further information about the Local Plan and how to take part in Rutland’s issues and options consultation will be published on the council’s website from Thursday, June 30.

If you would like to get regular updates on the development of Rutland's new Local Plan, you can register to receive a free e-newsletter by emailing: localplan@rutland.gov.uk.

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