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Council development plan submitted to inspector
4:33pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A PLAN which sets out how Colchester should develop in the years to come has been submitted to an independent inspector.
The Local Plan is Colchester Council’s vision for the future, setting out where houses, shops and businesses and more should be developed.
The limited update follows the Government’s introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework, which slims down national planning laws and introduces a presumption in favour of sustainable development.
Changes are proposed in areas including the relationship between town centres and retail centres, rural housing and employment and developer contributions.
A member of the Planning Inspectorate will rule whether the plan is “sound” following an examination in public next January.
A wider review, which will look at how many more houses are needed to meet demand and where they could be built, will follow next year.
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