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Warrington delays local plan until 2020

Words: Huw Morris
Warrington Borough Council / 1032568561

Warrington Borough Council’s local plan will not be published until next year as it reviews vital infrastructure to support new homes.

The plan was set to be released finalised before Christmas but the council said it needs more time to analyse the more than 3,500 responses it received from a consultation on the draft local plan between April and June this year.

The plan aims to deliver 18,900 new homes or 945 a year by 2037 and make 362 hectares of employment land available.

The council said that the main focus of its review is to ensure it is able to deliver the necessary social, health, transport and green infrastructure to support Warrington’s projected growth.

“Warrington’s local plan is hugely important for the future growth, wellbeing and prosperity of our borough,” said council leader Russ Bowden. “We are working hard to put everything in place to ensure our plans are sound and deliverable.

“While we want the plan to be published as quickly as possible, it’s vital that we get it right. We received a huge number of responses to our draft Local Plan consultation and we have carefully considered each and every one of them. We are listening to the views of local people and others in our community.

“The responses have told us that a really important factor for residents is that the required infrastructure is put in place alongside any new developments, rather than after housing has been built. It is vital that we act upon those responses and so our key priority is to demonstrate that this can be achieved within our plan.

“We are carrying out further work with partners to demonstrate the viability of the local plan to ensure we can bring forward that infrastructure – including schools, roads, GPs, parks and community and cultural facilities – to match new housing.”

Warrington said it will shortly write to everyone who responded to the consultation about the anticipated timescales for progressing the Local Plan.

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