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Plan to shape the future of Doncaster moves closer

The Local Plan which sets out how Doncaster develops, protects and improves the environment and enhances people’s quality of life is moving towards approval and adoption.  

The Government wants to see all parts of England covered by an up to date Local Plan to set out a vision and a framework for the future development of an area. Once in place, Local Plans become part of the statutory development plan. The statutory development plan for the area is the starting point for determining local planning applications.

The council has received the final report from the Government appointed Planning Inspector. This means the examination of all the planning policies and proposals is complete and the inspector approves to the plan.

The key planning document, which guides future development in the borough to 2035, will now head towards getting Full Council approval later this year.

Cllr Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure, Culture and Planning, said: “We are moving ever closer to getting our Local Plan adopted. It will help decide what is developed and where in the future.

“It’s going to shape the look and feel of Doncaster for future generations and guide where developments can take place, what new transport schemes we need and which parts of the borough remain as open space and countryside, protecting and enhancing our natural environment.”

The Local Plan has looked at flood risk, countryside, Green Belt, transportation, conservation and heritage. It has identified the potential development sites needed to support economic growth and meet future housing needs.

Consideration has been given to the content of Neighbourhood Plans being developed by local communities and supported by the council as these are important and will be used to further guide development in the relevant neighbourhoods.

Extensive consultation took place as part of the planning process with feedback received from over 1,200 people and businesses. This was fed into the plans.

More information, including the inspector’s final report, is available at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/localplan

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