District Councillor Ryan Fuller, Executive Councillor for Planning and Housing, said: "This Plan has been informed by a series of studies including a Strategic Transport Study and flood risk, housing need and retail studies. It follows a number of previous rounds of consultation and takes account of the comments made on earlier drafts of the Plan.
"This Plan needs to be the most appropriate strategy to meet the current and future needs of our communities and businesses, and ensure Huntingdonshire remains a great place to live, work and invest. We are determined to submit the Plan by the government’s expected deadline of the end of March 2018, but believe this still allows time for a further opportunity for interested parties to comment on the proposals, as some have requested, before the Proposed Submission Draft version is prepared. It is to respond to these requests that we are proposing to carry out an additional round of consultation on the draft Plan now, before the Proposed Submission Draft of the Plan is finalised later in the year.
"A formal opportunity for the local community and other interested parties to consider the Local Plan will also be provided when the Proposed Submission Draft is finalised. The Proposed Submission Draft, when it is finalised, will be the version that Huntingdonshire District Council wishes to adopt. Alongside the consultation on the draft Plan, the council has published the studies that have informed it, including a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment June 2017, and is carrying out a call for sites. Together these will ensure that the Proposed Submission Draft is not only based on up-to-date evidence, but is also informed by up-to-date comments from interested parties.
"Because we want to hear what people think, and are conscious of the upcoming holiday season, the consultation period was extended from the normal six weeks to eight weeks and will close at 4.30pm on 25 August 2017."
The consultation can be found on the consultation portal.