Have a say on neigh­bour­hood plan

Parish coun­cil is seek­ing res­i­dents’ opin­ions

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: Jack­_84_A­bell

PEO­PLE in Iver are be­ing asked views about whether their vil­lage should be des­ig­nated as a Neigh­bour­hood Area.

The parish coun­cil has ap­plied to South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil for Iver to re­ceive the ac­cred­i­ta­tion, which is a re­vised ap­pli­ca­tion fol­low­ing one made in Oc­to­ber last year which was even­tu­ally with­drawn.

The parish coun­cil wants to cre­ate its own Neigh­bour­hood Plan which would help to guide devel­op­ment in the area.

The con­sul­ta­tion started on Mon­day, April 11 and will run un­til Mon­day, May 9. South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil is invit­ing writ­ten re­sponses from lo­cal peo­ple, busi­nesses, landowners and other in­ter­ested par­ties so that their views can be taken into ac­count. A de­ci­sion on the parish coun­cil’s ap­pli­ca­tion is set to be made by late May.

If the Neigh­bour­hood Area is de­clared and a draft Neigh­bour­hood Plan is pre­pared, the plan will need to con­form with South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil’s plan­ning ob­jec­tives for the area set out in its devel­op­ment plan.

A Neigh­bour­hood Plan, which can be drawn up once Iver has been de­clared as a Neigh­bour­hood Area, would al­low lo­cal peo­ple to come to­gether and pre­pare a plan based on their needs and pri­or­i­ties.

Other ar­eas have also drawn up var­i­ous plans de­signed to pro­tect them from out of char­ac­ter devel­op­ment, and Iver Parish Coun­cil be­lieves that by do­ing the same thing, it will give them greater con­trol over what is al­lowed to be built.

Peo­ple are now be­ing en­cour­aged to give their views in or­der to en­sure that they have their say in how the fu­ture of their vil­lage takes shape.

Iver Parish Coun­cil chair­man Wendy Matthews said: “This is a once in a gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity for the lo­cal com­mu­nity to have a di­rect im­pact on the fu­ture of their area.”

South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil­lor Nick Nay­lor, port­fo­lio holder for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, said: “This is a great op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to have an in­flu­ence on po­ten­tial fu­ture de­vel­op­ments in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“I urge res­i­dents to get in­volved.”

Com­ments can be sent to Plan­ning Pol­icy, South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil, Capswood, Ox­ford Road, Den­ham, Bucks, UB9 4LH, or emailed to ldf@ south­bucks.gov.uk.

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