More time to draw up latest plans for sites

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More time is being given for two key development sites in North Tyneside.

Cabinet members at North Tyneside Council have given planning officers more time to draw up the next draft of the final Local Plan.

The public feedback confirms there is more we need to do to help people visualise what is being put forward for the two sites

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and transport

The extra time will allow for a more detailed view on plans for Murton Gap and Killingworth Moor, both earmarked for hundreds of new homes.

A six-week consultation due to start in August will now take place in November, giving the council time to produce a more detailed visual concept plan for the two sites.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and transport, said: “Having an up-to-date and robust Local Plan in place will give us greater control over future local planning decisions, and enable us to be more proactive in delivering the priorities for our borough and its residents through until 2032.

“The public feedback during our latest public engagement has been really useful and confirms there is more we need to do to help people visualise what is being put forward for the two sites at Murton Gap and Killingworth Moor.

“That’s why we want to revise our timetable to ensure we really do get this right.”

Earlier this year the Council embarked on a major consultation on its Draft Local Plan, delivering a summary of the proposals to every home in the borough, as well as speaking to more than 350 people during a series of engagement events when residents could have their questions answered.

In total 2,400 comments have been submitted by 515 individuals or organisations. Four petitions were also submitted to proposals at Murton Gap – featuring 420 signatories – and to four proposals at Benton – totalling 993 signatories.

The Plan set out how the borough could accommodate 10,000 new homes in addition to about 5,000 homes that already benefit from planning permission – a medium level of development for the period up to 2032.

If the amended timescales are agreed by Cabinet the Local Plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State in May 2016, with the likely Examination in Public, before a government inspector, likely to take place in September to October 2016 with the aim that the final Plan will be adopted in March 2017.