Long-term plan for town to be unveiled to public

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A 15-YEAR plan for the development of Rotherham will be published this week to give residents the chance to find out the long-term plans for their town.

The town’s ‘core strategy’ will be available for members of the public to examine for six weeks.

It is the central document in Rotherham’s Local Plan and will set the vision for Rotherham up to 2028.

It establishes, in broad terms, where new development, including homes, jobs and retail, should be provided across the borough and will be submitted to the Government.

Coun Gerald Smith, Rotherham Council member for regeneration and development, said: “This a long process, but under Government rules we have to ask the public if they believe the strategy is sound.

“At this moment we are asking the public to hold fire on their views on the sites being proposed.

“Later this year, we will consult again on the detail of what this means for local communities. We will be looking again at which specific sites should be developed.

“There will also be further opportunities to make comments at the public enquiry, which we anticipate will be held next spring.”

Chesterfield Council’s draft ‘core strategy’ received more than 380 comments from residents, businesses, developers and government bodies during a six-week consultation.

Councillor Terry Gilby, council deputy leader, said: “We believe this plan will deliver the jobs and housing we need to help Chesterfield’s economy to continue growing.”