Consultation on Core Strategy extended

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THE consultation period for the draft Core Strategy - the council’s big plan for the future development of the borough - has been extended by 24 hours until noon on Friday 25 March. This is because of technical issues on the Council website overnight on 23/24 March.

The document has been put together after extensive consultation with residents, community leaders, businesses and other interested parties.

The Core Strategy looks forward to 2026. It sets out how much new housing, employment and other development land is needed and where in the borough this can be provided. The document also contains policies on a range of issues including how carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced and how the health and well-being of local people will be improved.

At the end of 2010, a major public consultation was held on the revised version and a number of people made comments on the document at this stage.

The proposed Core Strategy is the version of the plan which the council wants to adopt and submit to the Secretary of State.

The consultation period began in February.

This is an important legal stage for the Core Strategy. People must make a formal representation at this stage to be able to take part in an independent examination that follows once the document has been submitted to the Secretary of State. The public sessions for the examination are likely to take place in the early autumn, with adoption of the plan early next year.

There are plenty of ways view the Core Strategy and to make comments. The document and details of how to make representations are online at www.wigan.gov.uk/ldfcorestrategy and it is also available, along with various supporting documents, at local libraries where it can also be view online.

Wigan Council’s cabinet member for the Economy and Environment, Cllr David Molyneux, said: “This is a very important document which will shape the future of the borough and help to attract investment, jobs and new housing. Right through the preparation of the plan we have listened to what people have said and we have revised the plan where required. This is now the final chance for people to have their say before the Core Strategy is submitted to the Secretary of State.”