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Supporting communities with Neighbourhood Plans

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 12:31

Our Planning Manger visits Broughton in Amounderness Parish Council.

On the 5 July 2016, Jackie Copley Planning Manager for CPRE Lancashire was invited to a Broughton in Amounderness Parish Council to advise on next steps for its Neighbourhood Plan process following an initial round of public consultation. The area was approved by Preston City Council in March 2016.

The Broughton and wider area is the focus the Preston City Deal with ambitious development proposals including a new by-pass and volume housing. CPRE wants the right balance between growing the economy, social issues and environmental enhancement and protection will be struck.

Like the Government, CPRE is an advocate of Neighbourhood Plans to ensure the local community is central to decision making concerning future development. The right development for the right reasons with adequate public transport and community infrastructure is important, with net benefits for the natural environment, which is inextricably linked to health and well-being of local residents.

Ms Copley advised the Parish Council on keeping Broughton distinctive drawing on its heritage assets and other local characteristics. She discussed the Neighbourhood Plan vision and how it could be best achieved via stated strategic objectives, written policies and spatial plans to guide development over the next 20 years.

The Neighbourhood Plan cannot be used to halt housing development, which was identified as site allocations in the Central Lancashire Local Plan, but what it can do is capitalise influence developers to bring forward development that is necessary.

The Guild Wheel cycleway, a key local visitor attraction, prompted a suggestion to ensure new neighbourhood is cycle-friendly with cycle-paths connecting different parts of the Parish. New development should enable the provision of a central village ‘focal point feature’ with family friendly cycle facilities and associated café/other community facilities (yoga room), such as a convenience shop which were identified in the consultation feedback as lacking in the area. Also discussed was the retention of important green spaces, to provide an attractive setting, and to protect local farmland.

See Broughton Parish Council's website for further information about the progress of their Local Plan.

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