Consultations launch on planning and its impact on the community


Residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on two important aspects of planning guidance.

Proposals are being brought forward to better manage the provision of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the borough and to improve the way that new developments consider physical and mental health.

These proposals are detailed across two separate consultations. The one focusing on HMOs asks residents their views on proposed guidance which aims to create more balanced communities by restricting a high concentration of HMO properties in a single area. It also examines the best ways to improve the standard of accommodation, and reduce any detrimental impacts on neighbours.

The second consultation gives residents the chance to have their say on how the health and wellbeing of local communities should be factored into the design of new developments. This ranges from how the planning of hot food takeaways and betting shops is managed to the ways that developer contributions can most effectively benefit the community.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet member for planning and environmental services, said: “We are really interested to hear the views of our residents on these two important planning guidance documents. Our goal here is to create balanced and healthier communities which work for everyone.

“This guidance will inform planning decisions in the borough, helping us to shape the future of our towns and communities for years to come.”

The two consultations launched on May 26th and can be viewed on the dedicated consultation website:

Feedback can be submitted through the online forms.