Plans on view over developments on Harlow border

NORTH Weald residents are invited to a special meeting before the parish council decides whether to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan.

Over recent months North Weald Bassett Parish Council has held a number of public events to establish how much support there is for the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the designated Neighbourhood Area which contains most of the North Weald Bassett Parish.

The parish council was concerned with the level of support with very few residents actively engaging in the process and expressing support for such a plan.

The final stage in establishing how the council moves forward is a public event in North Weald at 7.30pm on Monday, February 15, at which the council will be looking to establish if there are enough residents willing to ‘sign up’ to the creation of a plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan must be genuinely community led, and its success relies on public involvement.

The parish council is looking for residents who are willing to give up some of their time to dedicate towards the tasks and activities needed to create such a plan.

As with all such projects, there is a cost implication to the Parish however if there are enough professional people and residents within the Parish (such as planners, urban designers, printers, architects, developers etc) willing to be involved offering their expertise, the cost can be greatly reduced.

Parish council chairman councillor Cyril Hawkins said: “There are over 7,000 residents in the Parish. If our residents decide a Neighbourhood Plan is the way forward, then the parish council will fully support them, however it cannot be done without enough public support.”

To find out more about Neighbourhood Planning and what it means for residents and the community visit www.ourneighbourhoodplanning.org.uk.

Anyone interested in getting involved with creating a Plan for the area, or who would like to attend Monday’s event, should email [email protected]

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