Declan’s Blog: Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council Local Plan – have your say

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With a population of more than 123,000, the Borough of Newcastle under Lyme stretches across the north of Staffordshire, extending from the edges of Market Drayton, over to Kidsgrove and Mow Cop. Keele University sits in the heart of the Borough and many businesses have recognised the benefits of being based in Newcastle under Lyme, thanks to the exceptional connectivity offered through the M6 and A500.

Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council is now consulting on the first draft of its Local Plan.  A Local Plan identifies where and how many new homes should be built but also locations where businesses may need more land and areas of regeneration and protection.   A Local Plan will outline the long-term vision, strategic objectives and development strategy for the Borough and includes policies for determining planning applications.

Having a Local Plan in place will help to support ‘place shaping’ in the Borough and provide certainty for communities, developers, and the Council. It can also help to attract funding, investment and support infrastructure provision in the local area.

ls have outlined that approximately 5,400 homes could be built across more than 40 sites, some of which are in the green belt. The proposals also include a range of ideas for business sites to create new jobs

We know that Newcastle under Lyme Borough is a great place to live and work. The local population is growing and there is a need to strike the right balance in building new homes but also making sure that there is a sufficient supply of employment land across the area.

You have the chance to share your views about how new levels of housing and development should be distributed, as well as the opportunity to comment on proposed development allocations.   This is your chance to share your views and influence future growth and development of Newcastle under Lyme Borough.

The consultation runs until Monday 14th August and you can submit your views through the following link:

Emerging Newcastle-under-Lyme local plan – Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council (

If you have an interest in planning and infrastructure, you’d be very welcome to join the Chamber Planning & Infrastructure Forum, which meets again on Tuesday 17th October at 9AM.  For further details, please email:

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