The Government is encouraging town and parish councils to set out Neighbourhood Development Plans that demonstrate how communities would like to improve the villages and their surroundings in the future. It will also help provide some protection to Eaton Bray when it comes to unwanted over-development and support the need for infrastructure improvements.
The current plan is the outcome of three years of research and consultation. Thank you to the steering group, our professional advisor and to all those who have taken part in previous consultations.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan? Put simply, it is a document that describes the desired plans for a village over a 20 year period and contains the areas that village residents feel are important and specifies what the majority wants. It covers topics such as housing and development, amenities, environmental protection, transport and highways, to name but a few.
Once a majority support the plan in a referendum vote, it must be adopted by the local authority as part of the policies and guidance that they use in determining planning applications.
Below you will find the principal plan document along with a set of supporting documents which form the appendices to the principal plan.
Taken together these form the Pre‑Submission Neighbourhood Plan upon which we are seeking your views and comments. Please read these documents and then let us have any comments you feel are relevant.
All comments, views and opinions will be considered before submitting the Plan to the local authority (Central Bedfordshire Council), who will check it is compliant with legislation and then submit it to a suitably qualified planning inspector.
Once the plan has passed these stages, it will be bought back to you, the residents of Eaton Bray, seeking majority approval in a referendum.
The public consultation runs from Friday 11 May 2018 until Friday 22 June 2018.
This Pre–Submission Plan was published on 11 May 2018 and the public consultation is now open.
Any comments you wish to make must be submitted to Eaton Bray Parish Council by email or in writing to the Parish Council Clerk.
The closing date for comments is Friday 22 June 2018
To help you, we have provided a template document for you to fill in with your comments. This comes in two formats depending on whether you would like to fill in a Word document on your computer and email it back, or fill it in by hand and post it back:
The following documents are referred to in the Neighbourhood Plan Appendix A - Evidence Base.
The following articles have previously been published in Focus Magazine regarding the Eaton Bray Neighbourhood Plan.
The Eaton Bray Parish Council Clerk can be contacted in the following ways.
All comments about the Neighbourhood Plan must be made by email or in writing by Friday 22 June 2018.
For a template to use with your response, please see How To Comment above.
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Further information can be found on the Eaton Bray Parish Council pages.