Friday, 22 May 2009

CLIFTONVILLE PLANNING POLICY IN FINAL STAGES

Thanet district Council press release

Following extensive consultation with local people, the Council is finalising a new planning policy document for Cliftonville West.

It comes after the Cliftonville Development Plan was agreed at a meeting of full Council last night (Thursday 21 May). Following a six week representation period, it will be submitted to the Secretary of State who will appoint a Planning Inspector to examine the document.

It contains policies to tackle issues that were initially raised during previous public consultations on the planning policy restricting one bedroom flats and Houses in Multiple Occupation in the area.

The document has been developed following significant involvement with local people over the last two and a half years, which included a resident led walking tour of the area by council officers.

A number of policies are covered in the development plan which include:
Restrictions on one bedroom flats and Houses in Multiple Occupation, a policy which was first adopted in 2006.
Retaining existing family housing in the area and requiring the provision of family homes in new developments.
Support for proposals to upgrade existing tourist accommodation or the provision of new tourist accommodation.
Strategic Planning Manager, Colin Fitt, said: "Much of the development of this plan has come from local residents in Cliftonville West and we hope that we've been able to incorporate policies into the document that we know are of concern to them. During the consultation process, we've worked closely with people in the area and they've been really helpful with suggesting changes. It's been a really positive process, and we hope we will get a positive response from the Independent Inspector."

The six week period to submit representations will begin in mid June.

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