Wheels in mo­tion to cre­ate lo­cal plan for Iver

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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