Burghclere Neighbourhood Plan receives seal of approval
THE Burghclere neighbourhood plan has been given an official seal of approval by the mayor of the borough council at a special reception.
Mayor Onnalee Cubitt met representatives of the Burghclere neighbourhood plan steering group at an event on Tuesday, August 10, to congratulate them on their work drawing up a plan for the benefit of the local community.
The plan shapes the vision, objectives and policies for all future planning applications in the parish, and influences where new developments should be placed and what they might look like.
Under the plan, the council accepts development of 10 to 15 open market and affordable homes, particularly on a site in the south west of the village, off Harts Lane and Winchester Road.
The site also allows for the creation of a rural business hub to provide opportunities for local jobs.
The plan was voted on by Burghclere residents, with 81.6 per cent in favour.
It was then adopted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and the plan now forms part of the borough council’s development plan for the borough.
Mrs 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.”
Burghclere Parish Council and the steering group chairman 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