Coventry’s Local Plan has now received government approval following its submission to the Secretary of State in April 2016.
The approval means that the city can adopt the document as the approved Development Plan for Coventry.
Coventry’s Local Plan allows for approximately 25,000 homes within the city’s boundary and by local agreement with neighbours just under 18,000 homes outside the boundary. The plan will also see the continued protection of approximately 90% of the city’s green belt and local green spaces although it will release land at Eastern Green and Keresley for the city’s first urban extensions in half a century.
This means the Plan holds true to its promise of protecting the city’s most sensitive and highest quality green spaces whilst providing significant opportunities to provide the homes and employment land our local people need. The plan also provides for new roads, schools, parks, health facilities and other infrastructure improvements that will ensure that local communities benefit from any new housing developments.
Councillor Linda Bigham, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Development, said: "I’m really pleased that the Local Plan has been approved by the Inspector.
“This is great news as it’s really important for the city to have an approved plan for growth and development that balances our ambitious plans for Coventry alongside protecting our most sensitive green spaces.
“It means that we have a robust document to work with alongside developers and investors to get the best for Coventry.
“The approval is the culmination of years of hard work from our teams and some brilliant partnership working with our neighbouring authorities to ensure that the plan benefits everyone living in the area. Not having an approved plan is not an option as it would mean house builders could submit plans for land anywhere in the city.”
The inspectors report found the Local Plan to be legally compliant and sound subject to proposed modifications and adjustments set out within the report.
The adopted plans will be subject to a six week legal challenge period. The adoption of the plans will be discussed in Cabinet on the 28 November 2017
More information about the plans and the full inspectors report can be found online.