Have your say on the future of planning and development at Oldham
Posted: Monday 05 July 2021
Oldham residents are invited to participate in a new consultation that will help shape the future of planning and development in the borough.
The local plan will guide Oldham’s development through 2037 by setting out the rules new homes and industrial buildings must adhere to and determining where they can be built. It will also guide how we make decisions about whether or not to accept development requests.
To make sure the plan reflects what is most important to residents, Oldham Council has launched a consultation on “Issues and Options”.
Cllr Hannah Roberts, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, said: “Planning affects many aspects of our life and our environment – where we live, work, shop and how we do it. let’s spend our leisure time.
“In producing the local plan, we will not only consider land uses, but we will also consider other issues that may be affected by land use, including health, education and community safety. It is important that we get a wide range of opinions and views so that we can create the most effective plan possible. “
In particular, we would like to hear your opinion on:
- The issues facing Oldham and your particular area of the Borough;
- What kind of place would you like Oldham to be in 15 years? and
- Specific areas of planning, such as the location of future developments, the design of new buildings and the protection of our open spaces.
The local plan complements Places for Everyone (formerly the Greater Manchester Strategic Framework) – our strategic plan for housing and growth – by defining what will be approved and rejected.
We want to know what matters most to our residents and our businesses so that we have the right buildings, homes and jobs in Oldham.
The issues addressed by the consultation reflect a previous community consultation on the development of the local plan. The main considerations we would like to hear from you are as follows:
- What houses do we need for an aging population
- How we deliver a diverse housing offering including housing for people with disabilities, families, affordable housing and private rental housing
- Should the town planning policy for multiple occupancy houses (HMOs) be changed so that they can no longer be developed without a building permit (development rights authorized)
- Our political approach to self-construction, tailor-made construction and Community law to build
- Provide children’s homes
- Optimize land use and density of development
- Allocation of sites to be developed
- Shops, leisure activities, cultural venues, tourism and policies for the diversification of farms
- Actions we can take to address sustainable development, including renewable and low-carbon energy
- How we approach the risk of flooding
- Protect and enhance local green spaces, green infrastructure, green spaces, trees and biodiversity
- The political approach of the factories
- Policies that address building design, including provision for storage of bicycles and bins and charging of electric vehicles
- Health and welfare, including whether we have to introduce a policy that restricts the location of hot take-out meals within 400m of a school; or in areas with high levels of obesity; or both
- How planning can support education provision and whether we need to protect some suitable sites for potential future educational facilities / services.
The consultation on local plan issues and options is now open until 5 p.m. on the 29the August 2021 and you can give your opinion on as many or as few points as you want.
If you can, please submit your comments via https://oldham.objective.co.uk/portal/oc/planning/spi/local_plan_review/io2021/ where you can find all the details of the consultation. You can also email your comments to [email protected]uk.
The above documents can all be viewed on the council’s website at www.oldham.gov.uk/localplanreview. The consultation materials will also be available for inspection at all public libraries in Oldham. Visit oldham.gov.uk/libraries for opening hours.
You can also arrange to view a copy at the Civic Center – please call 0161 770 4105 to make an appointment or email [email protected]
If you are unable to submit comments online or by email, you can send them in writing, to be received by 5:29 p.m.e August 2021, at:
Strategic Planning and Information, Economy, Skills and Neighborhoods, Room 310, Level 3, Civic Center, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UH
Please note that all comments received (both electronically and by mail) will be retained by the Board and will be available for public review. Comments cannot be treated as confidential. Your personal information, such as your postal and email address will not be published, but your name and organization (if applicable) will be.
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