The Eaton Bray Neighbourhood Plan to help protect our village for the future has been completed. There will be a public referendum on 3rd October 2019, but the Parish Council will be holding a public open session where parishioners can come to ask any questions about it ahead of the public vote to adopt this important plan for the village's future.
The open day will be on the 5th September 2019 from 4-8pm at The Coffee Tavern. Please attend.
Well, we are nearly there!
The NP has been through its formal Consultations including with CBC. An Examiner was appointed a couple of months ago and he proposed a number of amendments to Policies. The amendments supported our NP adding strength generally and improving our Sustainability Policy. All good! The next stage is the referendum, if we achieve over 50% approval in the referendum the NP will be classed as MADE and will sit alongside other formal Planning Policies for all Planning Applications in Eaton Bray up to 2035.
Summary of some (not all) of the achievements proposed in the NP:
16th Eaton Bray Beer & Cider Festival
7th & 8th June 2019, 12pm to 11pm
Eaton Bray Village Hall
30 Real Ales, 2 Ciders, 2 Perrys
Lager, Wine, Prosecco
Live music & Children's Entertainment
Entrance by raffle ticket - £4 including a pint glass
£1 to CAMRA members with card proof (for the glass).
Several months have passed since I last wrote in Focus, I imagine those of you who follow the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) have been wondering what has happened. The answer is quite a lot, most activities have been administrative with very little to report, but I am now able to give an update.
Following our consultation and village meetings held in the Coffee Tavern last summer we submitted our NP to Central Bedfordshire (CBC) at the beginning of December. CBC were then able to commence their review of our NP by holding a "Regulation 16 Consultation" early in 2019, this is a second check on our NP making sure that we comply with Neighbourhood Planning Law as well as giving various statutory consultees an opportunity to consider our NP again. Which is lucky that we did, the Chilterns Conservation Board who look after Dunstable Downs (and lots of other very important ANOB's) had a lot to say and gave us some important advice.
The Reg. 16 Consultation completed at the end of March and in April CBC appointed an independent examiner in accordance with current NP regulations. The examiner wrote to the Parish Council on 30th April, a copy of this letter can be found on the Parish website along with his 30 questions, plenty for me to do over the next week, roll on my family holiday….
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