Issued: August 8, 2016
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Buckhurst Hill Parish Council launches Neighbourhood Plan consultation
Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has successfully launched its first consultation as part of its on-going Neighbourhood Plan strategy.
Residents and representatives of local organisations attended last Friday's meeting at Buckhurst Hill Library when councillor Smruti Patel outlined the parish council’s plans for developing its own Neighbourhood Plan.
The first stage in the process is an Early Engagement Questionnaire which is being delivered to every home, shop and business in Buckhurst Hill.
It is also available to complete on-line at http://www.buckhursthillpc.gov.uk/
The objective of the Neighbourhood Plan is to maintain the current balance of homes and small businesses, improve sustainability, preserve the buildings of architectural and historic interest, encourage local participation, maintain and improve parish facilities, seek improvements to utilities and local infrastructure, ensuring that Buckhurst Hill is represented at all levels.
Cllr Patel said: "This is a rare but important opportunity for residents, shop proprietors and business people in Buckhurst Hill to help shape the look of the village over the next 20 to 30 years.
"The comments that we gather from this questionnaire, forthcoming workshops and future consultations will feed directly into our Neighbourhood Plan.
"If you value our community, and want to see it develop sensibly and sensitively in the future, then I would encourage you to participate in our Early Engagement Questionnaire and return it to us at the earliest opportunity.
"The Buckhurst Hill Neighbourhood Plan, when completed, will form part of the wider Epping Forest District Local Plan but any future developers will have to adhere to standards and criteria set locally here in Buckhurst Hill.”
The parish council is also planning a series of workshops during the consultation period which runs through to September 30, and residents are invited to come along and participate.
Events will be publicised on the parish council’s noticeboards and website.