Neighbourhood Plan takes a step forward

Neighbourhood Plan takes a step forward

First neighbourhood plan in the district to proceed to a local referendum

A community group has reached an important milestone in the production of its Neighbourhood Plan and can now go out to a local referendum.

Over the past three years the Bradwell with Pattiswick Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Group has created its draft neighbourhood plan and have taken it through a successful public consultation and an examination in front of an independent examiner.

The plan is the most progressed of all the ongoing 11 neighbourhood plans in the district.

Last night, at a meeting of Braintree District Council’s Cabinet, it was agreed that the plan should be put to a localised vote. 

If more than 50 per cent of those voting in the referendum vote in favour of adopting the plan it will be adopted by Braintree District Council and used for determining planning applications in the parish.

Cllr Lynette Bowers- Flint, cabinet member for housing and planning at Braintree District Council, said: “Neighbourhood planning is all about giving small local communities the power and influence to shape the way its local area develops. I know how much hard work, time and effort the group has put into this important piece of work. The group should be very proud that this will be the first neighbourhood plan in the district to proceed to a local referendum.”

Tony Dunn, Bradwell with Pattiswick Parish Council Chairman, said: “The Neighbourhood Plan Group is very grateful to all the residents of the parish who returned the many questionnaires – these provided us with valuable input on the views of residents as the plan evolved and we have reflected those views in the draft Neighbourhood Plan. This is not the group’s plan, but the plan of the residents compiled by the group. The fantastic support from our residents has enabled us to achieve much in a relatively short space of time.”

The referendum is expected to be held in June 2019.