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29.05.23 – Newcastle-under-Lyme Local Plan, Staffordshire HWRC’s for Staffordshire Use only

Written by on 26 May 2023

Possible locations for homes, businesses, community facilities and protected green spaces are all being proposed in a community plan.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is unveiling the first draft of its Local Plan, which will eventually determine which areas are earmarked for different uses and which are not.

If approved, an eight-week public consultation would begin in June, with a second round of consultation on the revised document scheduled for early 2024.

Andrew Fear, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Strategic Planning, said: “The Local Plan is the key to how the borough does, and does not, develop up to 2040 by allocating space for housing and business, for community facilities and protected open spaces, and for schools and health centres.

“For instance, we are proposing the use of brownfield sites, including some council land, wherever possible and the protection of more than 60 green spaces, some of which have been earmarked for development in previous Local Plans.

“This is the moment that people should get involved and shape how this area looks and feels, because what is decided now will influence planning applications for a long time.”

Local Plans are required by Government to earmark land suitable for different types of development and maintain a rolling, minimum five-year supply of housing land.

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People from outside Staffordshire with trade waste can no longer dispose of their waste at Staffordshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.  The changes follow recent proposals by Staffordshire County Council to help reduce queues and improve services for residents.  From Monday  5 June, the sites will only be accepting trade and commercial waste from businesses within the Staffordshire County Council local authority area. All trade visitors will need to provide a copy of their waste carriers licence and business address before disposing of waste.

Staffordshire’s 14 HWRCs are heavily used by residents, with approximately 1.6 million visits each year, of which only 20,000 are related to trade waste.