Warrington Council local plan declared sound

Warrington Council's local plan core strategy has been returned and declared sound by a planning inspector.

The final version, which will guide development in the borough over the next 15 years, will be put before the council for formal approval and endorsement on 21 July 2014.

The plan was first submitted to Government for independent examination in September 2012. Following the appointment of an inspector, examination hearing sessions were held in June 2013 and March 2014 where Warrington Council agreed to make a number of changes to the plan.

Many of the changes related to providing additional clarification within the plans, policies and supporting text. More significant changes included a proposal to deliver around 1,100 homes at the Omega site in West Warrington, and the deletion of a policy which identified land at Appleton, Grappenhall Heys, Peel Hall and Pewterspear Green as potential locations for future housing development.

The changes and amendments have now been made, agreed and approved by the inspector.

Cllr Terry O'Neill, leader of Warrington Council said: "This is great news for our town and another landmark step forward. This document provides a robust plan that will shape and protect the way in which our town evolves and develops over the coming decades. Importantly it will also support our ambitions for the growth of our town set out in our growth framework Warrington Means Business."

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