Wheels in motion to create local plan for Iver
IVER has taken its first steps in drawing up a plan which will help to protect it from any future unwanted development.
Iver Parish Council has applied to South Bucks District Council for the village and its surroundings to be declared a Neighbourhood Area under the Localism Act.
It is the first step towards the parish council being able to create its own Neighbourhood Plan, which once complete, will help guide future development in the area.
The application will be discussed by South Bucks District Council, and if successful will mean that Iver is declared a Neighbourhood Area.
South Bucks District Council is now inviting written responses from people in the area, as well as businesses and landowners, whose views on the subject will be taken into account.
If the village is declared as a Neighbourhood Area, a draft plan will be able to be drawn up, allowing people the chance to come together and state their needs and priorities for the future of Iver. Other nearby villages, such as Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross have gone through the process in the past, while in Beaconsfield, a group of volunteers has drawn up a document entitled Vision for Beaconsfield, stating people’s views on how to improve the town.
If a Neighbourhood Plan is eventually drawn up for Iver, it would be the subject of a local referendum, and if the majority of voters agree to it, it can form part of a development plan which would be used to determine planning applications.
Nick Naylor, South Bucks District Council’s portfolio holder for sustainable development, said: “I would like to encourage anyone living in this area to submit their comments on this application before 5pm on Friday, November 27.
“This is a great opportunity for residents to have a say on potential future developments in their local community.”