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Mayor recognises community’s hard work on Burghclere Neighbourhood Plan

News release 9979, published on 13 Aug 2021
Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Cllr Onnalee Cubitt has given the neighbourhood plan for Burghclere her official seal of approval at a special reception.

The Mayor met representatives of Burghclere Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group at the event to congratulate them on their work drawing up a plan for the benefit of the local community that will include housing development, designation of local green spaces and key views.

The Burghclere plan was drawn up by local people and adopted by the borough council, following a referendum on 6 May. Of those who voted, 81.6% were in favour of the plan.

The plan now forms part of the borough council’s development plan for the parish and will be used when considering planning applications.

Cllr Cubitt said: “My congratulations to everybody in Burghclere who has been involved in the process to bring this neighbourhood plan to fruition. A great deal of hard work has been undertaken over recent years by the local community in order to get the plan accepted. Neighbourhood planning allows local people to have a real input into decisions about the future development of their communities and ensures that their needs are met.”

Chair of Burghclere Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Richard Carrow said: "Work started in January 2018 and it took a lot of commitment, hard work and perseverance from all concerned. Rather than having unwanted development foist on the parish, the key benefit is that the community has a real say in what number and type of houses should be built, and where, in order to meet the targets we’ve been set. Other policies can be tailored to local circumstances, for example, in design, tourism and parking, all of which are important for Burghclere. I would certainly recommend other areas get involved in neighbourhood planning, and to have a clear idea about what you want to achieve from the outset."

Other neighbourhood plans currently under way in the borough include Ashford Hill with Headley and East Woodhay.

For more information on neighbourhood planning visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplan

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