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Planning documents on affordable homes, energy use and open space open to consultation

Published Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Coventry City Council is seeking feedback on draft Planning Policy documents that will add further detail to the policies of the Local Plan.

The three Supplementary Planning Documents focus upon Affordable Housing, Energy and Open Space.

Councillor David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “My priority is to deliver the housing we need in the city. The purpose of the reports is to make our ambition as a city clear - providing clarity for developers, our partners, and local residents.

“Development must meet housing need in the city – That’s why the Affordable Housing SPD sets out what the Council expect from developers, with requirements to build larger family homes at social rent as well as smaller houses and apartments.

“The Council will also have the option to take on social housing to maximise the provision as well as registered social landlords.

“New building schemes also need to serve all of our communities, by delivering the right amount of open space including areas for play and recreation, and by ensuring that buildings are energy efficient.

“These documents will provide a clear framework for assessing planning applications and making sure that developers take account of all of these issues.”

The three documents that feature in the consultation all add more detail to policies adopted in the Local Plan to provide further guidance on how the policy should be delivered.

The Council are very keen to hear what people have to say and welcome feedback and comments on this consultation draft.

Comments must be made by Tuesday 18 January 2022.

The Council’s Local Plan lays out targets for development over the coming years, and at present the Plan demonstrates a need for 2,120 new homes a year, 1,230 a year within the city itself. 

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