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Stow proposes first Neighbourhood Plan in Cotswold District
Stow-on-the-Wold Town Council has submitted a proposal to Cotswold District Council to have its parish recognised as a ‘neighbourhood area’ – the first formal stage in setting up a Neighbourhood Plan for Stow, and the first formal proposal made in Cotswold District.
Neighbourhood Planning is one of the powers introduced by the Localism Act and should give Stow residents more influence over planning issues within their town. Although they must follow national and local strategic policies, Neighbourhood Plans can give communities more of a say about what goes where, and what it looks like.
The Town Council is hoping to use a Neighbourhood Plan to achieve the ambitions set out in its 2011 Community Plan, including the improvement of community facilities, development of housing for local people and also the creation of live-work units to help sustain the town’s economy.
The first stage in the process is to designate the area to be covered, after which the fact-finding and plan development really starts. Stow’s proposal is subject to public consultation, with a 19 August deadline for comments. To comment, please go to the Cotswold District Council website http://www.cotswold.gov.uk/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=14487&tt=cotswold
: 10/07/2012 18:33:49
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