Lechlade moves towards establishing a Neighbourhood Plan

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Lechlade moves towards establishing a Neighbourhood Plan

Lechlade-on-Thames Town Council has submitted a proposal to Cotswold District Council to have its town boundaries recognised as a ‘neighbourhood area’ – an important formal stage in setting up a Neighbourhood Plan.

Neighbourhood planning is one of the powers introduced by the Localism Act and should give residents more influence over development within their area. 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 first stage in the process is to designate the area to be covered, after which the fact-finding and plan development really starts. The proposal for Lechlade is subject to public consultation which will run from Thursday 15 August until Thursday 26 September. To comment, please go to the Cotswold District Council website.

Steve Trotter, Mayor of Lechlade, said:
“Lechlade has recently received a locality grant to progress work on producing a Neighbourhood Plan - a document produced by our community which aims to shape any new developments in the town.

"We are confident that it will bring more power to our community to influence planning decisions as our Neighbourhood Plan will contain policies against which any future planning applications will be judged.

A steering group has been set up to oversee the progress of developing the plan; they organised a survey last year to capture residents’ thoughts about the town and the issues or themes that should be addressed in the plan. We are now setting up six sub groups to develop key themes and we are inviting Lechlade residents to join them.”

Posted : 14/08/2013 09:26:51

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