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Lichfield local plan to go to cabinet

Words: Laura Edgar
Countryside in the Lichfield district / JazzLove, Shutterstock_1081317734

Lichfield District Council's cabinet will tomorrow (7 December) decide whether or not to approve the district's local plan for submission to the Planning Inspectorate for examination.

Covering the period from now until 2040, the plan provides for the delivery of 321 new homes each year, equating to 7,062 between 2018 and 2040.  

The council says that the evidence underpinning its local plan review suggests it would be sustainable to allow a further 4,500 dwellings to be built to help neighbouring authorities under the duty to cooperate. However, Lichfield District Local Plan 2040 "pushes back" against this figure, with an intention to accommodate just 2,665 homes between 2027 and 2040 for neighbouring authorities.

The document notes that: "Sustainable development will help protect the biodiversity, cultural and amenity value of the countryside and will minimise use of scarce natural and historic resources, contributing to mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change."

Lichfield District Local Plan 2040 identifies the areas that are allowed to be developed, as well as the requirements and standards developers should meet in their proposals, such as providing electric vehicle charging points, energy efficient dwellings, transport choices, open spaces and infrastructure.

Iain Eadie, cabinet member for economic development, leisure & local plan, said: “After lots of hard work by our spatial policy team and a series of public consultations, we are now at the point of submitting our Local Plan 2040 to the Planning Inspectorate. This is a multi-year effort that started before the current council was formed and I’d like to thank everyone who has got involved in the process.

“I know people look around the district and all they can see is development and a lack of infrastructure. This comes from the current local plan that is in place and how the council had to allow for growth.

“This local plan review makes provision for growth in housing and commercial uses at levels and in places we believe the district can cope with and in line with our statutory duties. It aims to preserve the district’s assets and make sure growth is sustainable with the right balance of infrastructure. Unfortunately, there is not an option for refusing to allow new housing to come forward."

More information about the cabinet meeting, which will take place at 6pm on 7 December, can be found here. The local plan can be found here on the Lichfield District Council website.

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