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19.06.23 – Public Consultation in Newcastle-under-Lyme

Written by on 19 June 2023

Public consultation on possible future locations for homes, businesses, community facilities and protected green spaces in Newcastle-under-Lyme begins today.

The Borough Council has unveiled the first draft of its Local Plan, which will eventually determine which areas are earmarked for different land uses and which are not.

The first round of public consultation runs for eight weeks from today until August 14th.

Consultation will be extensive. Once the first, eight-week round ends in August a report on feedback will be taken to Council for public discussion. After the public and elected representatives have had a say, an updated version of the Local Plan will go to a second public consultation.

Finally, in 2024, an independent inspector will examine the plan in light of previous responses and may take further submissions from anyone trying to change it, if they’ve made formal comment earlier in proceedings.

Andrew Fear, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Strategic Planning, said: “This is a very important process because once we have finished the different phases of consultation, the finalised Local Plan will determine how the borough does, and does not, develop up to 2040.

Documents can be viewed at various libraries around the borough including Audley, Clayton, Kidsgrove, Knutton, Loggerheads, Newcastle, Silverdale and Talke

The consultation page can be found here, along with details of face-to-face consultation meetings, and email submissions can be made to planningpolicy@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk .

Written responses can be sent to: Planning Policy, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Castle House, Barracks Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1BL.