Views sought on key planning and infrastructure documents

Views sought on key planning and infrastructure documents

Tamworth Borough Council is currently asking residents for their views on three key documents which affect the planning and development of infrastructure across the town.

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Tamworth Borough Council is currently asking residents for their views on three key documents which affect the planning and development of infrastructure across the town.

The three draft documents can be read in full on the consultation page of Tamworth Borough Council’s website at www.tamworth.gov.uk/consultation and residents have until May 30th to put forward any comments.

The Infrastructure Delivery Plan is a key Local Plan document which details infrastructure projects that are due to be delivered before 2031. Previously, this content formed part of the Local Plan itself, but has now been updated and formulated into a standalone item to make it easier to view and update. It details projects in a variety of areas, such as public transport, roads, sport and leisure, culture, education, utilities and environment, including who is to deliver them and how they might be funded.

It seeks to ensure that appropriate infrastructure is in place to support developments taking place in the borough in line with planning policies which require that developer contributions are sought towards the provision of appropriate infrastructure where relevant.

The Regulation 123 List details a number of infrastructure projects (taken from the draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan) that Tamworth Borough Council intends may be funded in whole, or in part, by a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The levy is a proposed charge on new development, calculated per square metre, which would be used to help fund infrastructure needed to support the wider development of an area. This differs from a Section 106 agreement which ensures individual planning applications are acceptable in planning terms.

The third draft document – the Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document – sets out how the council will seek to ensure that developers can make appropriate contributions to support sustainable development.

It forms part of the development plan for Tamworth and, where relevant, is a key factor in the determination of planning applications and ensuring that new developments will only be allowed where they are supported by ‘appropriate infrastructure at a timely stage’.

This document is intended to provide greater clarity and certainty to developers, landowners, the community and the council in setting out how the authority will seek to collect contributions.

The three documents are open for consultation until 5pm on Wednesday 30th May and can be viewed via the web link above, which also details how comments can be submitted. Hard copies are available from reception at Marmion House in Lichfield Street and Tamworth, Wilnecote and Glascote libraries.