The Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan has taken a step forward with the appointment of resident David George as its Chairman.
The Town Council, under the leadership of the Mayor, Cllr John Clark, is overseeing the landmark Plan which will provide a basis for the town’s development over the next 15 years, allowing community involvement in housing provision and infrastructure needs.
A Steering Group of Councillors and residents is being created and anyone who feels they have the relevant skills or experience are asked to contact the Town Council.
The first public meetings and community consultations are planned for this month (August).
The Town Council has also shown commitment towards the Plan by earmarking up to £5000 towards a brand new website along with associated software and equipment. The website will be launched towards the end of August and will ensure that communication will be at the highest levels, as well as being “a ‘go to’ web site for information on local government issues affecting the people of Whitchurch.”
New emails for Town Council
Part of this will be a change of e-mail addresses for the Clerks and all Councillors, to be announced in due course.
Further details are available from:
Basingstoke and Deane explain Neighbourhood Planning as:
Neighbourhood planning, which was introduced by the Localism Act (November 2011), is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work. It enables local communities to have more say in where new houses, businesses, shops and community facilities should go in their local area and can allocate sites for development.
They may also include more detailed planning policies, for example to define how new development should look.