Local plans to be discussed by Cabinet Members

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Date: 21/08/2015

Members of Wakefield Council's Cabinet meeting on September 1 will discuss a set of plans which provide planning policy for future retail, town centre, leisure, recreation and open space development across the district.

Local plans are part of the Local Development Framework which all councils are required to have in place. They provide a blueprint for decision- making on new developments and planning applications.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: "Local plans are there to provide a structure for decision making and to help make a positive difference to the lives of residents by helping to create jobs, enhancing town centres and improving the quality of the environment.

Cabinet members are being asked to recommend to full Council ( meeting on September 16) for the local plans to be published for consultation and submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.
If approved members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the plans, which it is anticipated would be published in October on the Council website.

There will also be an exhibition in Wakefield One and in libraries, so people can share their views.

The local plan for retail and town centre development includes policies and sites to encourage retail development in shopping areas in Wakefield and towns in the district. It would also encourage the development of local shops and set out policies to promote town centres.

The local plan for leisure, recreation and open space provides to safeguard green and open spaces in the district. It includes policies and sites for sport and leisure facilities and identifies leisure opportunity areas. Leisure proposals for new visitor facilities and accommodation leisure would be assessed against national planning policy.