Between now and 2nd July all residents, businesses and organisations are being encouraged to have their say about how the Laverstock and Ford Neighbourhood Plan shapes the future of the Parish. The Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development of the Parish through to 2036. As well as a vision, aims and objectives, it contains development planning policies and proposals for improving the area, specifically addressing the landscape and green space preservation, community infrastructure and protection of the environment.
Nick Baker, Chair of Laverstock & Ford Parish Council said
“This plan is the opportunity for us as a local community to have a say in how our neighbourhood develops. It is vital that as many people as possible complete the feedback form as this provides evidence to the government inspector who approves the plan that it genuinely represents the views of the community. New government legislation may limit the power of individuals and councils to challenge individual development proposals and so Neighbourhood Plans, which have to be taken into account when new developments are planned, are increasingly important.”
The Plan and feedback form are available at www.lfcnp.co.uk or for anyone without internet access, please contact 01722 411847 and a copy of the Plan and feedback form will be sent by post. Virtual Q&A sessions are also being planned, so watch this space!
When comments have been received and incorporated into a final version of the Plan, it will be submitted to Wiltshire Council for independent examination. It will then be put to a Parish wide referendum and, if agreed, form part of the Wiltshire Development Plan. This means that Wiltshire Council, or planning inspectors, will have to take account of the Neighbourhood Plan when making decisions concerning planning applications or appeals in the neighbourhood area.