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Two weeks left to give views in Local Plan consultation

Published on 15 November 2017

PEOPLE have two more weeks to take part in a public consultation to help shape the direction of planning and development in Leicester over the coming decades. 

Leicester City Council’s public consultation to get people’s views on its latest Local Plan, which will guide the city’s planning policies and land use up to 2031, runs until November 30.

Public exhibitions are taking place at the Highcross shopping centre, on Wednesday, November 15, and Thursday, November 16, next to the Post Office unit off the High Street entrance. 

The exhibitions are running from 9am to 5pm, with officers on hand to give information and explain how people can comment on the proposals.

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

So far, the city council has had almost 700 responses to public exhibitions in Highcross, along with over 180 responses on the Citizen Space website and 115 formal responses to the online consultation. 

More than 2,000 people have so far viewed the information on Twitter, along with about 3,000 on Facebook and 500 on Instagram. 

Six community ward meetings have taken place, along with meetings with the health authority, local sports and business groups and community groups. Over 50 letters have also been received. 

The city 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 explore subjects such as where and when new housing should be created, including social housing and student accommodation. It will also look at employment needs, including encouraging investment, job creation and using existing employment land.

Transport needs will also be explored, including tackling congestion and improving air quality.

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

People can take part online on the Citizen Space website, at consultations.leicester.gov.uk

Copies of the reference materials are available to view at city council-run libraries, the Town Hall and customer service centre in Granby Street.

Paper copies of the consultation questionnaire are also available at those sites. 

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