Local Plan 'Call for Sites' gets underway

Published: 7 November 2022

Residents, businesses and land-owners are being encouraged to take part in the Call for Sites as part of Newcastle’s Local Plan process.

The Council’s planning policy officers have launched the programme this week and it will remain open.

Cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning, Cllr. Andrew Fear, said: “Newcastle-under-Lyme needs good homes and diverse employment opportunities for our residents, both now and in the future – but we want to protect the borough’s heritage and natural environment.  

“As a planning authority, the Council wants to be in a position where we can support the building of new homes and attract new businesses but can allow these to be developed on the borough’s brownfield sites, not our greenfield sites. This has the backing of our residents, it is a message that has come through incredibly clearly, and we have listened.

“We now need people to come forward with brownfield sites that we can identify as such in the local plan. This will allow us to make the best use of all available land to make sure we have appropriate development and can also protect the borough’s much loved green spaces.”

Once the completed Local Plan has been finalised it will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination and approval. It will form an essential framework for the borough’s housing, employment, retail, leisure and transport requirements for the period up to 2040.

It will guide planning decisions - setting out what will and will not be permitted - and will guide regeneration to make sure that the borough’s heritage and natural environment are protected.

For any further information, or if you have a question, please email the Council’s Planning Policy team at planningpolicy@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk