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Cotswold Local Plan Published

The Local Plan - which provides a blueprint for development throughout Cotswold District to 2011 – has finally been published following a lengthy process of consultation, inquiry and modifications.

The Local Plan, as well as allocating sites for future housing, employment and other uses, includes policies on issues that are of importance to local people, including protection of the landscape, built heritage, affordable homes and development in our market towns and villages. In common with many other rural authorities' plans, the new policies clamp down heavily on new housing proposed beyond the main towns.

Chris Vickery, the Council's Forward Planning Manager said: "The Local Plan is required to conform with national, regional and county planning policies, which largely explains why it appears so restrictive towards open market housing in villages. However, the plan allows for development of homes in most settlements provided they can be rented or purchased at a price affordable to local people in need."

"The Plan also allocates significant sites for housing at Kingshill, Cirencester and near the Coach and Horses, Bourton-on-the-Water. It also allocates various sites around central Cirencester for mixed uses, all of which are aimed at regenerating the town centre."

Cllr Carole Topple, Corporate Planning Portfolio Holder said: "The new Local Plan is welcomed as it provides a clear framework for what development is acceptable throughout the District, and will help the Council to make decisions on planning applications, informed by up-to-date policies that take account of the latest national and regional guidance."

The Local Plan can be viewed at CDC offices and is available for purchase at £35 plus postage. It can also be viewed on the Council's website www.cotswold.gov.uk

Posted : 05/09/2006 10:34:05

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