Consultation and the Community Stakeholder Forum

These are the main stages of consultation on the new Local Plan.

First consultation - current stage

Sometimes referred to as the 'Issues and Options' stage, the first consultation takes place before we have developed any proposals and it's open for everyone to get involved.

We will be carrying out extensive engagement on a wide range of different themes, starting with 'Where you live' from 11 November 2020. This programme of 'mini consultations' will be aligned to the Community Stakeholder Forum meeting schedule (described below) and is due to run until the end of May 2021. We will use all comments and ideas to inform our work on a draft version of the Local Plan.

Draft Local Plan

We will consult again when a draft version of the Local Plan has been prepared. This is due to be in Spring 2022, after which we will make any necessary changes to address the comments received.

Publication

We will provide a further opportunity to comment when a final version of the Local Plan has been prepared. This is due to be in Spring 2023, after which we will submit the plan for government approval together with the comments received.


Community Stakeholder Forum

The Community Stakeholder Forum has been established to complement and enhance the consultation process by providing a platform for discussion amongst the community. During the first consultation, local representatives from a range of backgrounds will liaise with others and bring different perspectives to a discussion around each of the themes.

The Forum's meetings will take place every two weeks, they will be live-streamed for anyone to watch and recordings will be uploaded to our YouTube channel so people can catch up afterwards. To reflect the fact that live and recorded meetings will be available online, a specific privacy notice has been published.

When a new theme is introduced to the Forum, information will appear under the relevant heading below and a four-week mini consultation will start. Comments received after the deadline will not be discussed by the Forum but, provided they are received before the end of the final mini consultation, we will still take them into account when we prepare a first draft of the Local Plan.

Inaugural meeting

The introductory meeting of the Forum was held on 28 October 2020, and included a discussion on the role of the Forum and the new Local Plan. Both a short introductory video and a full meeting recording are available to watch online using the following links:

Inaugural Meeting Introduction

Forum Discussion
 

Theme 1 - Where you live

On 11 November, the Forum received a presentation by Dr Noha Nasser on 15-minute neighbourhoods. A short video of the presentation is available to watch below:

Watch Now

This marks the start of our open consultation, meaning anyone can comment on a Icon for pdf short consultation document [499.4KB] on the theme of 'Where you live'. (pdf download) and an accessible version can be viewed here.

If you would like to make comments, please use our consultation portal using the button below;

Consultation Portal

Alternatively, you can download a Icon for word word version of the form [267.66KB],  which you can complete and return by email or post using the addresses at the bottom of the page.

Theme 2 - Character and heritage

Consultation on this theme will commence after the Forum's meeting on 25 November. If you would like to watch the meeting live, please note the start time of 7pm and use the link here  to join.

The meeting papers can be downloaded below:

Theme 3 - Climate change 

Consultation on this theme will commence after the Forum's meeting on 9 December. If you would like to watch the meeting live, please note the start time of 7pm and use the link here  to join.

 

Theme 4 - Transport 

Consultation on this theme will commence after the Forum's meeting on 13 January 2021. If you would like to watch the meeting live, please note the start time of 7pm and use the link here (to follow) to join.

 

Theme 5 - Leisure, culture and healthy lifestyles

Consultation on this theme will commence after the Forum's meeting on 27 January 2021. If you would like to watch the meeting live, please note the start time of 7pm and use the link here (to follow) to join.

 

Theme 6 - Biodiversity

Consultation on this theme will commence after the Forum's meeting on 10 February 2021. If you would like to watch the meeting live, please note the start time of 7pm and use the link here (to follow) to join.

 

Theme 7 - Local economy 

Consultation on this theme will commence after the Forum's meeting on 24 February 2021. If you would like to watch the meeting live, please note the start time of 7pm and use the link here (to follow) to join.

 

Theme 8 - Homes 

Consultation on this theme will commence after the Forum's meeting on 10 March 2021. If you would like to watch the meeting live, please note the start time of 7pm and use the link here (to follow) to join.

 

Theme 9 - Creating new places and communities 

Consultation on this theme will commence after the Forum's meeting on 24 March 2021. If you would like to watch the meeting live, please note the start time of 7pm and use the link here (to follow) to join.

 

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