Get involved in the Neighbourhood Plan and speak up for Shipston's future.

Work is under way to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Shipston, to set out what we, local residents, businesses and other stakeholders, want for our community in the period 2011 to 2031.

Neighbourhood Plans are new to the planning system and are designed to enable local people to have more of a say in how their communities develop. Although the plans have limitations, they can give local people more of a voice in planning decisions.

Neighbourhood Plans are not just about housing. They can cover a variety of things, including parks and open spaces, broadband provision, infrastructure and economic prosperity. The plans can include initiatives designed to protect existing local features and services as well as priorities for new developments and enhancements.

The content of the Neighbourhood Plan will be driven by what the local community feels are priorities for Shipston over the period 2011-2031. Some information about what people like about Shipston and how the town could be improved has been already been collated through public meetings and questionnaires and a number of activities are underway to spread the word locally and encourage further input.

To share your views attend the next Neighbourhood Plan event or contact the team via np@shipstononline.org

Developing the plan

A group of volunteers have been sifting through the feedback from residents,  businesses and organisations. They have been drawing out the recurring themes which will form the basis of options to include in the Neighbourhood Plan. That could be anything from investing in flood defenses, generating employment, providing more affordable housing or even investing in renewable energy sources such as wind turbines.

Once the options have been developed, with guidance from planning professionals, further public consultation will take place before a draft plan is submitted to Stratford District Council for approval.

The final plan will be put to a public referendum in Shipston and, if adopted, will become part of the planning process for future developments.

 

Click here for an overview of how the process will work.

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