Tamworth Borough Council’s Local Plan proposes where future development for employment and housing up until 2031 will be located.
A six-week consultation outlining these proposals will now take place, starting on October 22nd and running until December 3rd. A number of events to give the public a chance to look at the plans will take place at:
- Tamworth Library: Tuesday 28th October, 9.30am to 3.30pm
- Ankerside: Saturday 1st November, 9.30am to 3.30pm
- Glascote Library: Friday 7th November, 10am to 2pm
- Tamworth Library Tuesday 11th November, 4pm to 7pm
- Wilnecote Library Wednesday 19th November, 4pm to 6.45pm
- Ankerside: Tuesday 25th November, 9.30am to 3.30pm
Any representations made to the Local Plan consultation should follow the guidance set out by the Council. This means any comments need to comply with the tests of soundness, legal compliance and the duty to co-operate.
For example, if someone objects to a planning policy, they must set out why it is not sound – based upon one of the four tests: effective; justified; positively prepared and in conformity with national guidance.
The first round of consultation took place during the spring, where more than 300 people attended eight drop-in sessions across the borough. As a result of these, 133 people and interested parties, including Staffordshire County Council, Natural England and the Environment Agency, responded to Tamworth’s Draft Local Plan.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economic Development said, “Tamworth is expected to experience a high level of growth in the next few years, and we need to be able to identify and provide the necessary housing, employment, infrastructure and retail to allow the borough to fulfil its full potential.
“These events will help people to see what is included in the Local Plan. It is vital for the future growth and development of Tamworth that we have this in place which can meet the needs of the borough.”
The evidence base for the Local Plan shows that Tamworth has a need of at least 6,250 new homes over the lifetime of the plan, but due to development constraints, such as Green Belt and extensive flood zones, only 4,250 can be accommodated within Tamworth. This is approximately 170 new homes a year.
Work has been ongoing with Lichfield and North Warwickshire Councils for them to help provided 2,000 new homes needed for Tamworth outside of the borough.
- The Local Plan is a blueprint for development until 2031, containing proposals and policies for employment and housing sites
- The plan focuses on four over-arching themes: A prosperous borough; strong and vibrant neighbourhoods; a high quality environment, and a sustainable town
- More than 60 sites across the borough underwent in-depth studies to assess their suitability for future housing, which was reduced to 24 potential sites
- There are eight proposed sites for employment development
- The three strategic housing sites: Anker Valley: capacity 500 dwellings; Golf Course: capacity 1100 dwellings; Dunstall Lane: capacity 700 dwellings