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Luton Borough Council is consulting on the Luton Local Plan before submitting it to Central Government for approval.

The Local Plan, which spans 20 years from 2011 to 2031, shows how Luton will grow and where people will live, work and shop – including entertainment in the thriving town centre, engaging in sport, enjoying green open spaces and local heritage.

In 2012 the Council asked for comments on what should be in the plan, given the challenges Luton faces to meet residents’ growing needs without spoiling the town. The responses helped to produce the draft Luton Local Plan 2014, and residents were consulted again last year calling for further comments.

Feedback on last year’s plan, that helped to shape the current pre-submission version of the Local Plan, is published on the Council’s website www.luton.gov.uk with the supporting evidence.

The current pre-submission draft plan includes:

• forecasts that Luton will grow by an extra 18,000 households over the next 20 years but only has land capacity for 6,700 households

• plans for employment to grow by about 18,000 jobs over the next 20 years

• that Luton will not be able to provide for all of its needs within the town

• a commitment for Luton to work with neighbouring local authorities to help solve unmet housing and other needs owing to the lack of space and limited schools capacity.

Cllr Paul Castleman, Portfolio Holder for infrastructure and transport said: “The Local Plan shows how Luton will grow over the next 20 years. The feedback from residents so far has been invaluable and we hope that they will comment on this final draft before we submit it to the government.”

Consultation on the final draft Local Plan closes on 7 December.

Copies are available from your local library, the Town Hall or see http://consult.luton.gov.uk/portal