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People will have all summer
to comment on the draft after the executive agreed to increase the consultation
period to 10 weeks – until the end of August.
Then the council will submit
its plan for scrutiny by an independent government planning inspector. Comments
made will also be passed to the inspector.
If the inspector needs any
extra evidence or submissions, this will happen in summer next year. By the end
of 2014, the planning inspector will have produced the final Local Plan for the
Canterbury City Council area up to 2031.
Ian Brown, the council’s head
of planning and regeneration, said:
“That report will be
binding. It will be the final part of the process. We see south Canterbury as a way of extending
the city and providing sustainable transport into the city. Such a development
would also address the problem of affordable housing.”
Mr Brown also suggested
people to look beyond housing for other topics discussed in the plan, including
history, environment and transport.
HB Gazette 6th Jun 2013