A leading Driffield councillor is urging people to have their say on a blueprint for the future developmentn of the town - before it’s too late.
Provision for around 2,300 new homes is a key aspect of the draft East Riding Local Plan and East Riding of Yorkshire Council is encouraging residents, businesses and landowners to take up their final chance to comment before the cut of date of Monday, 30 September.
Driffield ward councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “The Local Plan will have a huge impact on people right across the East Riding, and so we want to ensure the process is as detailed as it can be, with local people and communities having their say. This next part of the consultation process is just as important as the previous consultations were.
“I hope that lots of people will engage in this consultation, because, although we have already had a fantastic level of response, we want to make sure we keep moving the new Local Plan forward.”
A draft Local Plan was published for public consultation between February and April 2013. When completed it will provide the framework for managing new development and addressing the main planning issues in the East Riding until 2029. It identifies the location and amount of new development that will take place in different towns and villages in the East Riding, including new homes, shops and businesses. It also identifies where development should not take place, for example because of the risk from flooding or because a site is protected to remain as open space - such as allotments and playing fields.
This latest consultation is only on the major changes to the draft Plan, changes which were generated by the 8,600 plus comments received earlier this year in the last round of consultation. The changes to be consulted upon this time round are significant changes that the council feels it necessary to ask for people’s views again. Many smaller changes will also be made to the draft.