Erewash Borough Council’s Core Strategy – a new blueprint that sets out positive ways forward for the borough over the next 15 years – will be discussed at next week’s Full Council meeting.

The draft strategy is a detailed document that features the proposed sites for new housing, including development on some green belt land.

The meeting, which begins at 7pm on Thursday 3 March, is being held at Long Eaton Town Hall as it has a much larger public gallery for any residents that wish to attend. The meeting will also be streamed live on YouTube.

Comments received following a second consultation on proposed housing sites were reviewed, with the suggested sites remaining as still the best options.

As well as the preferred options to meet the borough’s housing needs, the Core Strategy is a ‘masterplan’ that also sets out a wide range of polices to take the borough forward through key issues like town centre regeneration, employment, transport and green infrastructure.

Next week’s meeting is expected to agree that the detailed draft strategy should go out for public consultation, when residents can make comments online or via forms available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls. Copies will be available to view online, at the town halls and local libraries.
Two earlier rounds of public consultation focused on the proposed housing sites, while the third round will ask for views on the whole core strategy.

Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“Our Local Plan is one of the most important strategies that the council produces. It is there to influence and set out how Erewash will change and the opportunities to grow in the years ahead.

“It doesn’t come without having to make difficult decisions, especially in terms of the pressure to build more houses. We have taken advice and listened to all views put forward and the preferred housing sites we previously highlighted are still the best options.”

View the agenda and background papers.