At their meeting on 20th February 2017, Garstang Town Council unanimously resolved to proceed with the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan and appoint a working party to comprise town councillors, representatives of local organisations and individuals especially those with experience in the planning field. To get the project off the ground, the Town Council has nominated the Mayor, Cllr Cornthwaite and Cllrs Liz Webster and Roger Brooks as the council’s representatives to serve on the working party. It is important to note that whilst the Town Council will take the lead the project needs to have input from a wide cross section of the Town.
The next step is to present a detailed proposal for what the Neighbourhood Plan should comprise at a public meeting. We are currently working on the presentation.
The Local Goverment Association states, “Neighbourhood plans are a fundamentally new tool to give communities more control over the type, location, size, pace and design of development in their area. They were introduced under the Localism Act 2011 as part of a suite of new community rights.
Neighbourhood planning provides a statutory right for local people and businesses to plan for the future of their places in a sustainable and fair way. Crucially, it is designed to enable local people and communities to strongly influence how development will occur locally. Neighbourhood planning has the potential to: • give communities a bigger say over the type, location, size, pace and design of development coming forward (including infrastructure, housing and commercial development) • tackle long term trends or challenges affecting communities • foster progressive relationships between communities, developers and local authorities • provide neighbourhoods with more influence on delivery and implementation.”
In the meantime if anyone wishes to offer their services or advice would they please contact the Town Clerk either via our website www.garstangtowncouncil.org or mail email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you.
Neighbourhood Plan working party