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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Burscough Neighbourhood Plan can move to next stage after boundary is approved

A proposal to create a Neighbourhood Plan for Burscough has completed its first stage after West Lancashire Borough Council approved the boundary area for the plan.

Neighbourhood Plans are a new way for communities to influence the future of the places where they live and work by setting local planning policies.

Burscough Parish Council want to create such a plan for the area and they submitted a proposal for the boundary to the Borough Council. This went out to a public consultation, and comments from the community were considered by the Borough Council’s Cabinet before it approved the proposal.

Burscough Parish Council is now able to begin preparing the detailed Neighbourhood Plan in consultation with the local community before submitting it to the Borough Council. The Council will then consult on the plan and have it independently examined.

If it passes examination, the community of Burscough will then vote as to whether or not they want the plan in a local referendum organised by the Borough Council. If the majority of votes are in favour of the plan, it will then be considered for adoption by the Council.

Residents can keep up to date with the progress of the Burscough Neighbourhood Plan by visiting neighbourhood planning or Burscough Parish Council (external link).

Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for Planning and Development, said: “The preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for Burscough would be a positive addition to the local planning guidance for the Borough. Now that the boundary for the plan has been approved we look forward to receiving the detailed plan.”

The Government's Localism Act (2011) introduced the right for communities to prepare neighbourhood plans.  Plans must follow some basic ground rules, including being in line with local and national planning policies.

If the plan from Burscough Parish Council is approved by the Borough Council, it will work alongside the adopted West Lancashire Local Plan to guide how development should come forward in a community. For example, it can influence the type, design, location and mix of any new development that is built.

The Government's Localism Act (2011) introduced the right for communities to prepare neighbourhood plans.  Plans must follow some basic ground rules, including being in line with local and national planning policies.

 

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