Full Council (on Thursday 21 July) has approved for consultation the Redbridge Local Plan 2015 – 2030 which sets out a vision for new homes, jobs and infrastructure in the Borough over the next 15 years.

The Local Plan is the main planning document used to ensure that new developments are of the right type, in the right place, and at the right time.

The Plan responds to key challenges and new opportunities such as a rising population, housing growth, boosting the economy, maximising benefits of Crossrail and providing the social and community infrastructure that residents and businesses need.

Cllr Athwal, Leader of the Council said, “The Borough is in desperate need of new housing and we must carefully manage where development takes place, and the form it takes by having a robust Local Plan in place.  Doing nothing is not an option.

“We must direct growth to the most appropriate places to provide much needed homes while making sure any development is sympathetic to the surrounding areas.”

In response to comments received from previous consultations, the Local Plan will deliver a minimum of 16,845 new homes, focused around five Investment and Growth Areas: Ilford Town Centre, Crossrail Corridor, South Woodford, Barkingside and Gants Hill, as well as Redbridge’s Town Centres and other opportunity sites.

Cllr Athwal added, “The Local Plan is ambitious and sets out the Council’s vision and planning policies for how the Borough will develop. It will enable the successful delivery of thriving places, energy efficient housing, a dynamic economy and social and community infrastructure.

“The Plan will unlock new investment and attract jobs and businesses to the Borough. It will work to create a strong local economy and thriving Town Centres with improved retail, restaurants and leisure.”

Next steps

Following approval at Full Council, a consultation will be taking place soon for residents to give their views on how ‘sound’ the plan is. Full details of the consultation will be made available here 

The Local Plan, supporting documentation and all comments received during the consultation will then be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination before the end of the year.

A Public Examination will take place in early 2017, subject to the Planning Inspectorate’s timetable. If the Local Plan is considered to be ‘sound’ by the Planning Inspectorate it will be formally adopted by the Council in spring 2017.

– See more at: http://www2.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/news_and_events/latest_news/2016/july/council_approves_redbridge_loc.aspx#sthash.BPRk5KsD.dpuf