Lechlade Council protecting town
4:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in Cotswolds news
LECHLADE Town Council has taken the first steps in setting up a local plan to protect the town from unwanted development.
It has submitted a proposal to Cotswold District Council to have the 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 by giving them a say on what they want and where they want it.
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 until September 26.
Lechlade mayor Steve Trotter 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.”
To comment on the proposals go to www.cotswold.gov.uk