Plans to build 1,000 homes at Westwood are to be considered at special Planning Committee and Full Council meetings next week (week beginning Monday 2 April).
The application will first be heard by the Council's Planning Committee on Wednesday 4 April at 7pm, at which public speakers will be able to talk in support of the application or raise matters of concern.
One person can speak in favour and one can raise concerns. Only those who have previously raised concerns in writing to the Council about the application can apply to speak at the meeting. The Parish Council also has the right to speak at this meeting.
The following night, on Thursday 5 April at 7pm, the application will go to a meeting of the Full Council, as it is a departure from the Local Plan. The Local Plan, which first went out to extensive public consultation in 2001 and was eventually adopted in 2006, allocated 1,000 homes for the site. However, the application marginally exceeds this number. There will be no public speaking at the Full Council meeting.
The proposals for the site have undergone a number of significant changes in response to public consultation, since the application was first received by the Council in May 2006. In that time, officers have negotiated a Section 106 agreement with the developers, after local residents raised concerns about the road network in the area. The agreement requires that, amongst other things, major highway links in the area should be constructed and completed before anyone moves into the housing development.
The application also proposes a school, medical centre, community building, play areas and open space, along with some commercial and employment use on the site.