Public asked for views on ideas for new housing sites

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Potential sites for housing and employment sites across Rotherham are to be made public.

The sites have been earmarked for housing and businesses development over the next 15 years.

Now, residents are being asked for their views.

From Monday, May 20, members of the public will have 10 weeks to have their say.

A dozen public drop-in sessions have been organised, and briefings are to be given to parish councillors and MPs.

Letters are being sent to properties that are within 100 metres of the proposed sites.

Karl Battersby, Rotherham Council strategic director for environment and development services, said the ‘very important document’ set to be put out to public consultation will shape the landscape of the whole borough for the next 15 years.

He said: “Last year, we shared with the public all sites that were being considered initially.

“The significant responses we received, together with further work we have done, has now refined the number of sites down to those we need to deliver our housing and employment land requirements over the next 15 years.

“However, there are still choices to be made and we want everyone to have their say over the coming weeks.

“This will be the final consultation on individual sites, so it is crucial that everyone takes the time to look at the plan and see what this means for their area.

“The need to produce a plan is not optional, it is statutory.”