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Neighbourhood plan: Have your say

The Parish Council is in the early stages of promoting a neighbourhood plan to protect the village from unwanted developments. Neighbourhood Plans give local communities powers to help shape the areas in which they live. They can allocate land / establish policies for the development of land in a neighbourhood if the majority of voters in the neighbourhood area vote in favour of 'making' the plan via a local referendum process.

If we wish to object to development we do not want we need to have a plan in place saying what we do want and how we can satisfy housing need.

We invite residents at this early stage to answer a few basic questions to shape the debate and in due course there will be public meetings and workshops and finally a referendum.

Neighbourhood Plans, once 'made', form part of the statutory Development Plan for the area. They must, therefore, be in accordance with The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 and are required to meet a number of basic conditions, including, they must be in general conformity with the strategic policies in the Blaby District Local Plan and have regard to national planning policy.

Blaby District Council, as the Local Planning Authority, has a duty to support the preparation of a neighbourhood plan. They will provide comments on draft plans where requested to do so and where appropriate highlight potential issues around compliance with the Local Plan and national guidance.

A key element of neighbourhood planning is the importance of community consultation and you will have plenty of opportunities to have an input and if keen to help we will co-opt some residents onto the work group.

For now could you please let us know your views on these issues?

What are your the hopes, aspirations and concerns about the village?
What do you think is missing from the village if anything?
Do we have the right mix of housing?
What are the most difficult problems residents are facing?

Please jot your answers down and either hand them into the office at Park House or put them in the letterbox or email your thoughts to deputyclerk@glenfieldparishcouncil.org

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