What happens next with the Melton Mowbray North Extension (SUE)
By melton_mark | Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 14:27
Following the decision by Melton Borough Councillors to approve the Core Strategy at last Wednesday's Extraordinary Meeting - including proposals to build a Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) of around 1,000 new homes and supporting facilities to the North of Melton Mowbray - many people are asking "what happens next?"
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Firstly there is another full council meeting this Thursday 23 February, 6.30pm at Parkside, at which the minutes from last week's Extraordinary Meeting will be approved. The minutes are currently listed as 'to follow' on the Melton Borough Council website - and as anyone who was at that meeting will know, they are likely to make interesting reading! As with all full council meetings, the public are welcome to attend.
In the words of Melton Borough Council, The Core Strategy:
- "outlines how and where development (housing, business, retail and transport) should take place. It does not identify specific sites for development but provides broad directions for housing development to the north and employment development to the west, and provides the framework for funding in much needed infrastructure including a new northern and western road link from the A607 Leicester Road to the A607 Thorpe Road."
You van view the Core Strategy presentation from the Extraordinary Meeting, on the Melton Borough Council website.
According to the council, six weeks of public consultation on the Core Strategy will begin on Wednesday 29 February 2012.
However you may be asking "hasn't that there has already been a public consultation on this?"
The consultation that finished on 31 January was on the 'SUE Masterplan' options - which looked at the SPECIFIC sites for development to the north. The Core Strategy looks at the "broad directions" of development. If you're thinking these consultations appear to be taking place in the wrong order, you would not be alone.
Following the Core Strategy public consultation, according to Melton Borough Council, the process is likely to be:
- Consider representations received from public consultation
- June 2012 - Formally submit the Core Strategy to the Secretary of State
- September 2012 - Independent examination in front of a Government Inspector
- January 2012 - Government Inspector's report published
- February 2013 - Adopt Core Strategy
Councillor Mal Sheldon - one of the 16 councillors who voted in favour of the Core Strategy said:
- "We are aware there have been many different views on the Core Strategy within our local community. However, it's really important that residents do not underestimate the significance of this document and, irrespective of your view of the current plan, please make sure you take part in the consultation and let us know your views during the next six weeks."
Separately, I've also spoken to Melton Borough Council regarding the SUE Masterplan. They confirmed that once a preferred option for the SUE Masterplan is announced in the near future, Councillors will then be asked to approve this, before a second public consultation takes place.
However the SUE Masterplan cannot be adopted until the Core Strategy has been adopted - with a likely 3-6 month time delay between them - meaning the SUE Masterplan is unlikely to be formally adopted until late Spring / Summer 2013.
The preferred option is likely to be a hybrid of one or more of the original four concepts - taking into account comments made during the original consultation.
However the clear message from Melton North Action Group (MNAG) is that "the town's challenge to the Core Strategy is not over".
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