At a Full Council meeting last night, Conservative Borough Councillors approved the start of the last round of consultation on the Local Development Plan (LDP) in Brentwood.
In the face of the Lib Dem opposition, who voted against giving residents a say on where 7,000 homes should be built over the coming 20 years, Conservatives agreed that a consultation should be carried out.
From the 29th January 2018, residents and businesses will have the opportunity to feed back on possible sites for inclusion in the LDP.
The plan will be submitted to the Inspector later this year, for review ahead of adoption and will identify land within the borough that we see both homes and businesses built for the next generation.
Council Leader, Louise McKinlay said, "We are now in the last phase of developing the plan, ahead of a final decision later this year. I urge residents and businesses to look at the proposals and feedback their comments. We know there is a shortage of housing across the country and we are working hard to provide land for both residential and commercial use, so we create sustainable communities for our children and grand children. This is not just about housing but job creation and prosperity too. It is crucial that we plan for this and part of that is ensuring the infrastructure is in place for doctors and schools."
The consultation opens next week and will run for 6 weeks.