Adrian wins cabinet support on change to draft local plan - now have your say

On 5th January, consultation will begin on the new draft local plan.

At the cabinet meeting last week, Adrian successfully persuaded his cabinet colleagues to accept an amendment to the draft local plan to protect St Helens Road from even more traffic congestion by retaining the current car parking standards for Edge Hill rather than relaxing them which might have meant an extra 1600 car journeys each day and more tarmacing over of green space.

Adrian said, "Now it's time for local residents to have their say. Details on the consultation will be in a 4-page wrap around in the Champion on Wednesday 4th January. I urge Derby ward residents to make their views known. It helps me to represent you better and the draft plan already includes changes made following representations you made at the previous stage in early 2011."

The new draft plan includes:

  • Rejection of the Ormskirk strategic site - The council are not pursuing development on St Helens Road/Altys Lane
  • Rejection of development on land behind Nursery Avenue/Dark Lane (pictured above)
  • Limits to the number of houses that can be converted into HMOs including student homes - the limits proposed are between 5% and 15%
  • A defined expansion of Edge Hill of 10 hectares into the Green Belt for development to include on campus student accommodation.

Adrian said, "The proposals for Edge Hill are likely to produce a mixed response from residents. Representations from residents at the earlier stage in the process have helped improve the plan, for example in ensuring that much needed housing takes place in the most appropriate locations. Residents should make well argued cases for further changes they feel are necessary once the consultation opens on January 5th."

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