Communities are working together on neighbourhood plan

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Two local communities are working together to produce a neighbourhood plan that will help shape development across both their parishes.

Barrowden and Wakerley are in the early stages of preparing a joint neighbourhood plan and must submit an application to define the geographical area it will cover.

The two local planning authorities involved – Rutland County Council for Barrowden and East Northamptonshire Council for Wakerley – will soon publish this area application and local people have six weeks to share their views.

Portfolio holder for development at Rutland County Council Terry King (Con) said: “Multi-parish, cross-boundary neighbourhood plans are very unusual.

“This is among the first in the country and great example of two communities working together to shape their future. Once the area for the neighbourhood plan has been designated, Barrowden and Wakerley can begin work on preparing the plan itself.”

The area consultation will run from tomorrow to March 27, after which the two authorities will consider all responses before deciding whether or not to approve the application.

Any comments at this stage should relate to the proposed area rather than any views about issues to be covered within the plan and can be made by e-mailing Localplan@rutland.gov.uk

Comments can also be submitted in writing to: the Planning Policy and Housing Manager, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP.

Rutland is acting as the lead authority in receiving comments but both councils will be responsible for designating the neighbourhood area within their respective boundaries.

To view the area application visit: www.rutland.gov.uk/localplan