Have a say on neighbourhood plan
Parish council is seeking residents’ opinions
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receive the accreditation, which is a revised application following one made in October last year which was eventually withdrawn.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.