By the community, for the community

Neighbourhood Development Plan

NDP REFERENDUM 18th AUGUST – Eastington Village Hall

We are almost there after three years of hard work, frustration and a number of tensions. It has not been an easy run but we are no different from NDP teams around the country but we are more threatened than many with large and small development planning applications appearing quite frequently.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) gives our parish more protection from random planning applications and puts the Parish into the front seat when they are considered by SDC Development Control Committee (DCC).

The NDP has a legal status after the referendum and has to be taken into account by the DCC. This LEGAL STATUS is only achieved after a referendum in which more than 50% of those who vote, vote for the NDP.

In the last 6 years we have seen an unprecedented growth in our population of 2.5 million. That number of people needs over 1 million houses and in the same period we have built less than 700,000. The problem is exacerbated by the population growth being largely adults as opposed to new babies being born. Adults create an instant need for housing hence the Government’s ever

increasing pressure for more houses to be built.

As Chairman of the NDP Project Team I would urge you to take part in this referendum and support this Plan. In the last Edition of the ECN I highlighted to advantages of a community having an NDP.

Both the referendum NDP which includes the changes required by the Inspector and the explanatory note can be seen on the website

This may not be such a big issue as the last referendum but for our small community it is of immense importance so please take part and Vote to support your NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

If anyone requires more information or would like to discuss the plan, please feel free to  contact me.

Daniel James

No. 158  Aug-Sept   2016

Eastington Community News Magazine.  Community news for and by the people of Eastington, Gloucestershire