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New timeline announced for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Plan

Published on Tuesday, 15th November 2022

Key dates have been announced for progress on the new Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Plan.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has pledged to work to build a better borough for everyone who lives, works or visits the area.

As part of this, the Council has set out in what it has described as its ‘preferred options’ Borough Plan document on how land across the Borough can be used for employment, housing, transport, recreation and other uses.

The key document sets out detailed guidance which will assist councillors on the Borough’s planning applications committee, and officers in the planning function at the council, when they consider future developments and other areas of work over years to come.

Local organisations and residents gave feedback during June and July on the document that was first unveiled earlier this year.

Now planners are considering comments and suggestions made, with a view to making changes to the preferred options document.

Importantly, they are also studying new evidence that is still currently emerging, and which is needed in order to shape this important document.

That is why new dates have now been announced for further development of the Borough Plan document, for the next stage of public consultation, and for the eventual adoption of the final plan by the Borough Council and the government’s Planning Inspectorate.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s Planning and Development Portfolio Holder, Cllr Richard Smith, said:

“We were expecting to be going out to public consultation again during October with a view to a comprehensive document being examined and adopted during 2023. Due to the changes that we are currently seeing in estimates about demand for housing and employment land, estimates produced nationally and regionally, we don’t think we can make further progress at this time.

“Instead, we now expect to delay our consultation on the next stage of this document until April next year, with a view to final adoption taking place in June 2024.

“These estimates are absolutely crucial to us being able to produce a credible plan that will be accepted by the Planning Inspector. With that in mind, we believe the only action open to us is to await the final publication of that evidence.”

When the Borough Council has completed its deliberations, there will be one more round of public consultation before the document is sent to the government’s planning inspectorate for their consideration.

After that, a public inquiry will hear evidence from the public and the Borough Council in order to determine what the final document should include.

Cllr Richard Smith added:

“We are very grateful for all the comments received and to everyone who has taken time to view the proposals and give us feedback.

“This process of reviewing the current document and considering alternative options has been very important.”

The Borough Council’s Cabinet will receive an update on the process in the New Year.

The latest document and an outline of next steps in the Borough Plan adoption process can be viewed here.