Last chance to make views known on Rotherham development plans

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RESIDENTS and businesses have just over a week left to give their views on a blueprint for the future of Rotherham.

Council chiefs are holding a final consultation, which closes next Friday, September 16, on the borough’s long-term development plan.

Some 20 events, attended by around 1,500 people, have been held across the borough where staff have been available to answer queries about the documents.

The Draft Core Strategy and the Sites and Policies Issues and Options are still available to view online and at libraries, customer service centres and parish council offices.

The documents set the annual housebuilding target, which has been reduced by 27 per cent to 850 new homes a year.

A new local target is for 12,750 homes across the borough to be built between 2012 and 2027. The figure previously considered was 24,482.

In addition, the employment land target has been reduced by 30 per cent with around 230 hectares being proposed for new economic development and a further five hectares for new office floorspace.

The amount of green belt now proposed to be released has been reduced by 60 per cent and a policy to protect greenbelt land and promote brownfield development is detailed within the documents for consideration.

Karl Battersby, Rotherham Council’s strategic director for environment and development services, urged people who have not yet responded to make their views known.

People can also comment online at www.rotherham.gov.uk/forwardplanning or in writing to RMBC, forward planning, planning and regeneration service, Bailey House, Rawmarsh Road, Rotherham, S60 1TD.

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