Rugby BC rejects Rugby MP’s plea on Local Plan

MP Mark Pawsey. NNL-160928-111114001
MP Mark Pawsey. NNL-160928-111114001

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey wrote to Rugby Borough Council requesting that the period of consultation on the updated Local Plan is doubled from six to 12 weeks.

He said with Rugby already due to get 6,200 new homes at the masts site, the updated Local Plan would add, ‘significant new housing growth in our area’.

He said the plan was a substantial document with many complicated supporting documents and people needed more time to study them.

He added: “For the sake of future generations, and to ensure that all new development is both sustainable and appropriate, I am calling for the council to extend the consultation period to 12 weeks.”

But the council rejected his request saying it had to stick to the current timetable to meet a Government deadline for the plan.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: “National planning policy demands the council can demonstrate a rolling five-year supply of land to meet development targets. Without a Local Plan in place to meet these targets, the borough becomes susceptible to speculative planning applications which can be decided against national, rather than locally prepared, planning policies.

“Such speculative applications lead to piecemeal development, without the necessary infrastructure to facilitate sustainable growth.

“With this in mind, our current timetable for adoption of our new Local Plan ensures Rugby retains control of the borough’s development.

“All the documents can be downloaded from the council’s website – www.rugby.gov.uk/lpconsultation - where residents can also find out how to take part in the consultation.

“We welcome all feedback during the consultation, and we’ll take this feedback into account before amending the draft for consideration by full council.”