Last chance for residents and businesses to have say on draft Asfordby Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Time is running out for Asfordby residents and businesses to have their say on a new neighbourhood plan giving them power to help shape future development within their parish.

Asfordby Parish Council has prepared a draft Asfordby Parish Neighbourhood Plan which will guide development within the parish (Asfordby Village, Asfordby Valley and Asfordby Hill) up until 2031.

Once adopted, the plan will play a key role in deciding future planning applications, taking into account local people’s views such as where new homes should go and what they should look like, where other forms of development should go and which green spaces should be protected.

With the support of Melton Council, Asfordby Parish Council made a successful bid to prepare one of the first neighbourhood plans in the borough and whole of Leicestershire.

A six-week public consultation on its draft plan will end at 5pm on Monday, March 16. All comments must be received by the parish council by then.

Parish council chairman Mal Sheldon said: “The neighbourhood plan gives us a chance to say how development should take place. Without it, developers will make those choices for us.”

All comments received will be considered by the parish council and may be used to amend the draft plan.

A consultation statement, including a summary of all comments received and how they were considered, will be made available as will copies of the amended plan.

The plan will then be submitted to Melton Council for publication, followed by a further six-week consultation, before it is sent to an independent examiner. A referendum will also be arranged and, if the plan is passed by a simple majority of those voting, Melton Council will adopt it.

The plan would then be a key consideration in deciding planning applications within the Asfordby parish, though it will have to conform with Melton Council’s new Local Plan which is still being prepared.

l To give your views before the March 16 deadline and for more details about the neighbourhood plan visit the parish council’s website http://asfordby.leicestershireparishcouncils.org

Alternatively you can contact parish council clerk Claire Dorans by emailing clerk@asfordbypc.org.uk or calling (01664) 812177.

For more about neighbourhood plans visit Melton Council’s website www.melton.gov.uk and type ‘neighbourhood planning’ in the search box.