A draft village neighbourhood plan will go out for public consultation later this year.
Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet agreed today (Friday, 17 March) that the Ardleigh Neighbourhood Plan go out to consultation in May and June.
Ardleigh Parish Council has been working to develop the Neighbourhood Plan, a document containing specific policies and proposals for the Ardleigh area against which planning applications will be judged; alongside district and national policies.
Results from the six-week public consultation – which will take place after the district, town and parish council elections in early May – will be submitted along with the draft Neighbourhood Plan to an independent Planning Inspector for review, before a local referendum.
After that point the plan can be formally adopted by TDC.
Gary Guiver, TDC Director for Planning, said Ardleigh was the latest in a number of villages preparing Neighbourhood Plans in the district, and welcomed progression to this important stage of the process.
“Having a neighbourhood plan gives communities a much greater say in the future development of their area,” Mr Guiver said.
“They provide an additional level of planning policy guidance alongside the district’s Local Plan to ensure new development reflects local priorities and to give additional protection to features of local importance.
“A lot of work goes into preparing a neighbourhood plan, and I would encourage people in Ardleigh read and comment on the proposals once the consultation gets underway in a few weeks time.”