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A Neighbourhood Plan is a type of planning document, introduced in
the Localism Act 2011, which allows local people to have a say in
the future growth and development of their community. This
Regulation 16 consultationdraft of the West Bergholt
Neighbourhood Plan sets out a number of policies all of which have
the aim of preserving the unique characteristics of the parish,
whilst welcoming improvements and change that will ensure the
vibrancy of the community into the future. We are really pleased
with the constructive feedback we received to our Regulation 14
draft of the Neighbourhood Plan and have directly incorporated many
of the suggestions received into this latest draft. Policies cover
the protection of the countryside and local amenities, support for
local businesses and provision of new sustainable housing
development. Although construction of homes is a controversial
issue, we need new homes to contribute towards the wider need in the
district and to ensure a supply of suitable affordable and
marketable homes for local residents who wish to stay in the village
close to family, friends or employment.
The Plan and its supporting background documents were prepared
following significant public consultation by a Steering Group,
reporting to West Bergholt Parish Council and consisting of:
In addition, the following have made valuable contributions to
the work of the Steering Group:
On behalf of the Parish of West Bergholt I would like to thank
everyone who has been involved with the project. I would also
like to thank the following for their assistance and support:
Finally, the Parish Council and the Steering Group would like
to thank all those residents and those who work within the
parish, and indeed those organisations who do not, who have
participated in the public consultation events, responded to the
surveys and shown support for the Neighbourhood Plan.
Chris Stevenson Chair, Neighbourhood Plan Steering
Group & West Bergholt Parish Council, November 2018