View plans to shape the future

CAMPAIGNERS for saving the Green Belt around Rawmarsh and across parts of Rotherham can now study plans for the future development of the borough.

People living and working in Rawmarsh, Swinton and Wath are among those invited to take a look at what may affect them, within Rotherham’s 15-year vision for the future.

The Core Strategy is revealed for public scrutiny and was formally published on Monday this week.

The public now has six weeks to make their views known - on whether they think it is sound and whether they believe it has been produced in accordance with the relevant government legislation and regulations.

This central document in Rotherham’s Local Plan, will set the vision, objectives and strategic policies for Rotherham up to 2028. It establishes, in broad terms, where new development including homes, jobs and retail, should be provided across the borough. The document will then be submitted to the Government by the Council and eventually will be adopted.

However, it is stressed that at this point the public are not asked to comment on the sites required to deliver the strategy, as that opportunity will come later in the year.

They are invited to view the strategy and guidance notes, and make any comments via the authority’s website at www.rotherham.gov.uk/forwardplanning.

Hard copies, guidance notes and response forms will also be available at customer service centres and libraries.

After August 6 responses will be sent to the Government to be examined by a Planning Inspector.

This stage is the latest development in the preparation and adoption of the Local Plan, which was formerly known as the Local Development Framework. Preparing a plan is a statutory requirement but one that gives local people a say in how the Borough is developed.

Coun. Gerald Smith, Rotherham Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and development, urged people to make their views known.