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Burton on the Wolds, Cotes & Prestwold Parish Council

Serving the people of Burton on the Wolds, Cotes & Prestwold

Clerk: Stephanie Massey
7 St Andrews Close, Burton on
the Wolds, Loughborough, Leics
LE12 5TJ

Tel: 01509 889770

The Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Event
25 January at 7pm in Burton on the Wolds Village Hall

Are you curious to find out more about the results of the recent residents' survey in Burton on the Wolds, Cotes, Prestwold and Hoton?

A leaflet, containing the highlights of the results will be delivered to all houses in the plan area in November and there will be an event on 25 January, commencing at 7pm in Burton on the Wolds Village Hall, to share this information with you in more detail and to highlight the issues that were raised. The Joint Neighbourhood Planning Committee has developed a number of options to address each of the issues and will be seeking your preferences that will inform the Neighbourhood Plan itself, including where any additional housing might be located.

Please watch out for the leaflet and then an invitation which will be delivered to each household in Burton on the Wolds, Cotes, Prestwold and Hoton in the coming weeks.

What is neighbourhood planning ?

Neighbourhood planning gives local people direct powers to shape how their local area develops and grows and to get the right development for their community.

Local communities can use neighbourhood planning to set planning policies through a neighbourhood plan and grant planning permission through neighbourhood development orders and community right to build orders.

Neighbourhood plans and orders are put to a community vote and will only be approved if more than 50% of the vote is in favour of the plan or order. This ensures that the community has the final say on whether a neighbourhood plan or order comes into force.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan and what progress has been made so far?

The parish councils of Hoton and Burton on the Wolds, Prestwold and Cotes are putting together a Neighbourhood Plan.

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

Neighbourhood Planning is a relatively new process, which has been designed to enable the local community to influence the planning and development of the area in which they live and work. Development does not just mean more houses; it includes planning for shops, businesses, transport and community facilities. Neighbourhood Planning enables people to shape the place in which they live their lives.

Residents' Survey - March 2016

In 2015 we held consultation events for residents and the ideas and views put forward at those events were used when writing the questionnaire. The results of this survey will determine the underpinning principles and overall direction of our plan and so your views are important. The surveys were delivered to all households in the plan area in March and collected by hand. The completed surveys are currently being analysed.

Young Persons' Survey - May 2016

The Young Persons' Survey, for those aged 11 to 17 took place in May 2016. We really value the views of our young people and the responses will play an important part in developing our Neighbourhood Plan. The completed surveys are currently being analysed.

What is the purpose of these surveys?

Finding out what people think and drawing on their skills and knowledge is an important part of developing a neighbourhood plan. We need your help to identify:

? If any new development is required and the most appropriate location for this

? The type and style of buildings that will best meet community needs

? Green spaces, buildings and areas that should be protected

? Any improvements or additions needed to local amenities, services and recreational facilities

? Improvements required to the public footpath, bus and road networks

What will we do with the information we get from the questionnaire?

The information gathered from the surveys will enable us to write the Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan and formalise your views. We will publish and share the outcome.

Why does it matter?

The planning system helps decide what gets built, where and when. The Charnwood Core Strategy sets out the general aims for development across the whole borough. A neighbourhood plan provides the opportunity to focus on more detailed issues, specific to the locality. The Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan will cover the whole parish councils area. In addition to the settlements of Hoton, Burton on the Wolds, Cotes and Prestwold, it will include Hoton Park, outlying farms and businesses, Wymeswold Industrial Estate and the surrounding countryside.

Our Neighbourhood Plan cannot prevent development that has been included in Charnwood's Core Strategy, but it can set out what type of development is appropriate and where it should be located.

Neighbourhood plans have a statutory status, which means that any decisions made on planning applications by the borough or county councils would need to take into consideration the Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan. It will ensure that the needs, views and priorities of the local community are fully considered when assessing future planning applications and proposed developments within the area.

We need your views to develop and implement a shared vision for the future of the Wolds.

Wolds Neighbourhood Plan Area

Joint Neighbourhood Plan Committee

Hoton Parish Council and Burton on the Wolds, Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council have set up a joint Committee to oversee the production of the Neighbourhood Plan. The committee consists of both Parish Councillors and members of the public.

How can I get involved?

The Joint Committee are assisted by working parties in the following areas:

Environment
Economy
Traffic & Transport
Housing
Facilities & Services

If you are interested in joining either the Committee or a Working Party, or are able to help with delivering information to houses in the plan area, please contact the clerk, Clare Blain, by emailing burtonclerk@gmail.com