28.10.21 – Local Plan for NUL, Levelling up Fund, Cycling Improvements, Secondary School Appliccations
Written by Hitmix Local News on 27 October 2021
A six-week consultation exercise is being launched shortly to gather residents’ views on the first draft of a new Local Plan.
The Council is carrying out a borough-wide public engagement campaign – starting on Monday, 1 November – to gauge opinion on its Issues and Strategic Options document.
This constitutes the first stage in the plan making process and identifies key planning issues facing the borough until at least 2040, potential options to address them and suggested policy options.
In January the Council resolved to prepare a new Local Plan so that it can reflect local aspirations and the unique characteristics of the borough while being responsive to wider changes in the economy. Work to prepare a Joint Local Plan with Stoke-on-Trent City Council has now ceased but the Council continues to work closely with the city on cross boundary planning issues as it does with all other neighbouring authorities.
Residents can view the new proposals and submit comments online at https://consult.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk from 1 November until 5pm on Monday, 13 December.
A number of drop-in events are also taking place at community venues across the borough where people can view and discuss the current plans with the planning policy team –
- Guildhall in Newcastle – Tuesday, 2 November – 11am-1pm
- Kidsgrove Town Hall, Liverpool Road – Wednesday, 3 November – 3pm-7pm
- Silverdale Library, High Street – Thursday, 4 November – 3pm-7pm
- Holy Trinity Church Hall, Church St, Chesterton – Tuesday, 9 November – 3pm-7pm
- Oddfellow’s Hall, Church Rd, Loggerheads – Wednesday, 10 November – 3pm-7pm
- The Madeley Centre, New Road – Monday, 15 November – 3pm-7pm
- Audley Methodist Church, New Road – Wednesday, 24 November – 3pm-7pm
- Castle House (Garden Room), Newcastle – Thursday, 2 December – 3pm-7pm
All venues will be sufficiently cleaned and well ventilated, with face masks and hand sanitiser readily available. There will be one-way systems in place where possible and attendance will be monitored to prevent overcrowding.
In addition, virtual meetings are available via Zoom/phone call on Wednesday, 17 November from 3pm to 7pm.
Time slots for a virtual meeting should be booked in advance and it’s recommended to pre-book an appointment for the drop-in events. Please contact the planning policy team on 01782 742467 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please note that this e-mail address doesn’t accept consultation comments.
All responses will inform the publication draft of the Local Plan which is expected to go out for public consultation in autumn 2022.
Cllr. Paul Northcott, Cabinet member for strategic planning, said: “The Council is committed to keeping residents and other stakeholders involved and informed in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for Newcastle-under-Lyme.
“Local Plans are used to guide decisions on matters ranging from the location of new housing, roads, shops, businesses, parks, schools and open spaces to the design requirements of new buildings. Policies are also used during the planning application process.
“It’s important to remember that individual sites for any future housing and employment are not being considered at this stage. Before any decisions are made about what land is required for the future, we really want to hear residents’ views on the issues and options. It’s really important that they have their say so we’ve organised a number of ways they can get involved.”
The Issues and Strategic Options document can be viewed at Castle House in Newcastle as well as libraries throughout the borough during opening hours. If residents don’t have online access, they can submit comments in writing to Planning Policy, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Castle House, Barracks Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1BL.
Residents can view the new proposals and submit comments online at https://consult.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk from next Monday until 5pm on Monday, 13 December.
Stoke on Trent City Council has secured £56m in ‘Levelling Up funding’, the largest government investment in Stoke-on-Trent since the A50 opened in 1998. This money will support three hugely significant projects to bring about real improvements to the city and helping the local economy to grow for decades to come.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council deputy leader Daniel Jellyman said: “We’ve secured £56m in Levelling Up funding, the largest government investment in Stoke-on-Trent since the A50 opened in 1998. We have always said that Stoke-on-Trent is a litmus test for levelling up, and the government has backed us. This money will support three hugely significant projects to bring about real improvements to the city and our local economy to grow for decades to come.
“The Chancellor in his address hailed Stoke-on-Trent as ‘a great city’, and the £56 million pounds will go towards delivering three great projects.
“£20m will go towards accelerating the city centre regeneration (former East-West Precinct site). It will enable the first phases of residential development to be built, key infrastructure improvements to take place and prepare the ground for the arena to be developed.
“£16m will go towards the Goods Yard, a hugely significant site for Stoke Town, the University Quarter and the station. It will enable this development to be turbo-charged, welcoming high quality commercial and residential space to the station area.
“£20m will go towards the town centres of Longton, Stoke and Tunstall. This will deliver almost two hundred new homes and commercial spaces on the Spode site in Stoke, Crown Works in Longton and the Tunstall Library & baths building. Delivering more homes in our town centres will drive up footfall and help increase footfall on these high streets for local businesses.
“The work developing these bids has been supported every step of the way by our three MPs, and has been backed by business leaders and a wide range of stakeholders, all united in wanting what is best for Stoke-on-Trent.
We have also been successful today in securing £50,000 with our neighbouring authority, Staffordshire Moorlands, towards a feasibility study for the Stoke-to-Leek railway line. Helping connect the Moorlands up with the thirteenth largest city in the UK.
“We’re really clear in our ambitions to deliver in each of these areas, and much work is already taking place. But national investment into Stoke-on-Trent means we can get on with this work much more quickly.
“The Chancellor’s announcements today show that the government has confidence in our ability to deliver as a City Council. We now have a ringing endorsement for our work. True ‘levelling up’ that is sustainable for the future means a commitment to long-term partnership, a shared vision of what our city could become and the resolve and funding to see it through.”
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has launched a public consultation on proposed cycling and walking improvement schemes in the city.
The city council has been awarded more than £600,000 from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund, which was set up to support local authorities to create safer, easier to use spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.
Three schemes have been put forward, which the public can now have their say on -namely Introducing a bus gate on College Road, Cycle Lanes on Shelton new Road and Cycle hire at various city locations
The consultation will run until Sunday, November 7. People can view the proposals and have their say by visiting www.stoke.gov.uk/activetravelfund
And finally, a reminder that Parents have just a few days left to make that all-important decision on which secondary school their child will attend in September 2022.
Admission applications to secondary schools close on October 31, which is this Sunday