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Public hearings for new borough plan

The council’s key planning policies which will guide development in the borough over the next ten years will be open to public examination in July.

The core strategy for the local development framework (LDF) has now been sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. This will form the subject of a series of public hearings expected to start on July 14.

The LDF identifies the main characteristics of the borough and sets out the different approaches needed to ensure existing neighbourhoods are protected while encouraging investment.

The current document follows local consultation dating back to 2005.

The local population of 285,600 is expected to increase to 308,500 by 2020. This will need investment in homes, public transport and town centres.

Wandsworth is a young borough with almost half the population (48 per cent) aged between 20-39. the national average is 27 per cent.

Battersea’s Nine Elms district, which includes the Power Station and the planned US Embassy building, is highlighted as a major growth area with at least 8,000 new jobs and 3,500 new homes by 2026.

Transport improvements already projected include the East London Line extension which is set to complete in 2012 and provide links via Surrey Quays to the City and Docklands.

New employment space will be needed for the borough’s growing small business community many of which are creative industries. Ninety per cent of local companies employ fewer than 10 people.

The inspector appointed to conduct the public examination stage is Linda Wride. A pre–hearing meeting for interested parties is currently scheduled to take place on May 27 at East Hill Baptist Church.

The sessions, which are open to the public, will be held at the Town Hall (Room 123). The provisional dates are July 14,16,21,23 and 28.

Details of the programme will be published here
as soon as they are available. Any questions in relation to the Examination or Hearing Sessions should be directed to the programme officer Vijaya Ram on 020 8359 5627 or vram@wandsworth.gov.uk

The LDF core strategy is available online here 

Date posted: 2 May 2009