A project spanning 12 years to draw up a blueprint to govern housing and job creation in Rotherham for years to come has finally been approved by the council’s ruling Cabinet.
Every council must adopt a Local Plan and the documents are so far reaching and complex they have to be approved by a Government planning inspector before they can be formally adopted.
Over the life of Rotherham’s plan, it should see 14,000 new homes built and 26,000 new jobs created across the borough.
Most of the new development will be in the urban Rotherham area, as well as three population centres taking in Wath upon Dearne, Brampton Bierlow, West Melton, as well as Dinnington, Anston, Laughton Common and a third around Bramley, Wickersley and Ravenfield Common.
Council leader Chris Read told Cabinet members it was compulsory for every council to have a plan in place, but said it would help protect against planning applications from developers where the council did not want to see expansion.
However, he acknowledged that not everyone would be happy with the sites earmarked for development in the future.
He said: “We know development close to people’s houses and changes in neighbourhoods are things people feel strongly about. It is entirely understandable.
“We are obliged to have a statutory plan, we are in a much weaker position if we don’t, not only in terms of protecting sites not in the plan, but our ability to control planning in a way people imagine we are able to do.
“Rotherham is in a really strong position here. We know some of these things are not popular, but they are the right thing to do.
“It puts us in a place where we can plan for development and get the infrastructure put in place.
“It is difficult stuff and has taken 12 years to get here but it is the right thing to do.”
Rotherham’s full council will now be asked to adopt the plan at its next meeting later this month.