Last chance to have your say on where building takes place

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People in Bicester are being given one last chance to comment on a policy which will define how the town grows and where development can take place in the town over the next two decades.

In August 2012 residents were given their first chance to comment on the draft local plan, which plays a key part in outlining and setting guidelines for development in the district over the next 20 years.

Following the feedback, the document was revised and put out for a second public consultation in April, which is the final chance for people to comment before the plan is adopted in June.

Councillor Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “This local plan will have a major bearing on all future planning applications over the next 20 years and provide guidelines for how the district develops. Therefore it is important to obtain as much feedback as possible from residents and traders in Cherwell as this will affect the area in which they live and work.

“As this is the very last chance for people to comment on the proposals, we have extended the consultation period by a further two weeks to ensure everyone who wants to have their say has been given the full opportunity to do so.”

The latest consultation period had been scheduled to finish on May 9 but will now run until Thursday, May 23 inclusive. Documents are available to view online at www.cherwell.gov.uk/localplan2013 or hard copies are available from district council offices and libraries.

If members of the CDC approve the final draft document during the June meeting it will be forwarded to the Secretary of State for examination before it is formally adopted in the autumn.