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Consultation to help shape how the borough should be developed in the future

Residents, businesses, organisations and local interest groups are among those being encouraged to have their say on how the borough should be developed over the next 20 years.

BDBC are updating the Local Plan which sets out where different types of future development will take place, including new homes, business space and community facilities and people can have their say at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/Issues-and-Options. Paper copies can also be requested by calling 01256 844844.

In May 2019 councillors agreed to start the process of updating the local plan, in line with national requirements to review plans every five years. This important planning document considers the borough’s changing needs and sets out how these will be met.

While the current plan has performed well against targets this is an opportunity to strengthen the plan in a number of key areas including tackling the climate emergency, creating places which protect and enhance biodiversity where people live and ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to support new homes. The new plan will cover the period up to at least 2038.

People have until Monday 9 November 2020 to have their say on the key issues identified by the council and the possible options for addressing them during the six week consultation. The council is keen to reach as many people as possible and is encouraging organisations, such as parish and town councils, to put up posters on noticeboards and digital images on social media groups or websites. Please contact communications@basingstoke.gov.uk to request these.