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Exhibitions highlight Local Plan

Published on 10 October 2017

INFORMATION about the new Local Plan covering planning and development in Leicester over the coming 15 years will be on show at two events at Leicester's Highcross shopping centre this week.

Exhibitions are being held by Leicester City Council as part of its 12-week public consultation into its latest Local Plan, which will guide its planning policies and land use up until 2031.  

People will be able to find out more about the Local Plan at the exhibitions in Highcross Leicester, opposite the Post Office near the shopping centre’s High Street entrance.

The exhibitions will be in place from 9am to 5pm on Thursday, October 12, and Friday, October 13. Officers will be on hand to give information and explain how people can comment on the proposals.

The public consultation is the very first stage of the process which is expected to last about 18 months. Views given will be used to form the first draft Local Plan, which will then go out for further public consultation.

The consultation on the Local Plan runs until Tuesday, October 31.

The council has to draw up Local Plans every few years, to set out how it will adapt to ongoing changes such as population growth, the need to provide new jobs, houses and schools, and other infrastructure needed to support a thriving, growing city.

It will look at subjects including where and when new housing should be built, including social housing and accommodation for students. It will also examine employment needs, including encouraging investment, creating new jobs and use of existing employment land.

The Local Plan will also explore the city’s transport needs, such as future transport options, tackling congestion and improving air quality. 

The greater Leicester urban area is one of the fastest growing in the country, with a population of about 650,000, of which 350,000 live within the city council area. 

People will be able to take part online on the Citizen Space website, at consultations.leicester.gov.uk 

Copies of the reference materials are also available to view at city council-run libraries, the Town Hall and customer service centre in Granby Street. Paper copies of the consultation questionnaire will also be available at those sites.

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