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Published 17th Jul 2011

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Members of the public are being asked for their views on potential housing development in Middlesbrough over the next 15 years.

Those views will be fed into the Local Development Framework which sets out broad plans for the borough’s housing needs.

The review – known as the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) – was last undertaken in 2008 when housing market conditions were very different to those in play today.

Possible sites – put forward following an appeal to the public, developers and landowners – have been assessed.

A map has now been drawn up showing: sites which already have planning commitment and are deliverable within five years; those which could potentially be developable within 15 years; and those which are not developable within 15 years.

However, because a site is considered developable does not mean the Council will allocate the land in its future plans. Other factors will be taken into account, including the views of residents.

The draft SHLAA shows possible development of up to 10,241 new houses in the borough between now and 2026.

The next stage of the process is to seek the views of the local community, house builders and utility providers. Approval will be sought at a meeting of Middlesbrough Council’s Executive on Tuesday, July 19 to consult on the draft SHLAA for a six-week period from August 1 to September 11.

Subject to Executive approval to consult the draft document will be available to be viewed at the Civic Centre and at libraries and community buildings, and can also be downloaded form the Council’s website at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk from August 1.

Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The Local Development Framework is a hugely important document which will help to shape Middlesbrough’s middle- and long-term future.

“But it’s not set in stone and will evolve in response to the prevailing economic climate and a range of other considerations.

“We do know that Middlesbrough needs the kind of homes which for too long young professionals, families and executives have sought elsewhere.

“That exodus has had an adverse economic effect on the town and we are only now starting to turn the tide.

“But it’s also vital that we hear people’s views as part of the process – they will be a key part of the town’s future.”






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