Radcliffe residents make their views heard
20 October 2017
Yesterday, Thursday 19 October, the residents of Radcliffe on Trent had the opportunity to make their views known in a referendum on their Neighbourhood Plan. Of those that braved the very wet weather, 91% voted to support the Plan and this now becomes an official part of the Borough Council’s planning process.
The Radcliffe Neighbourhood Plan is sponsored by the Parish Council and has been produced over the last three years by a Steering Committee, with support from Rushcliffe Borough Council, local residents, Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN), and Urban Imprint Planning Consultants. Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and are funded by the government. They are being developed across the UK and give local people real powers to shape the future of their neighbourhoods. The Radcliffe Neighbourhood Plan will now be incorporated into the Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Planning Policy and it should have a significant influence in how future development is carried out in the village.
The Neighbourhood Plan contains a vision statement for Radcliffe as ‘a vibrant and sustainable village with a strong sense of community cohesion and rural identity’. It contains fifteen planning policies concerning the village centre, recreation and the environment, transport, housing, and design and heritage.
Councillor Roger Upton, Portfolio holder for Planning and Housing for the Borough Council said: ‘This is an exciting time for Radcliffe on Trent. The local community has approved their Neighbourhood Plan and this will give local people a say on how their village is developed in the future’. Roger was also the Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee and wanted to personally recognise ‘the contribution of local people over the last 3 years and thank everyone who has been involved’.
David Barton, Chairman of the Parish Council said: ‘I am delighted that Radcliffe residents have given such a ringing endorsement to our Neighbourhood Plan. I would like to add my thanks to all those who worked so hard over several years to draw it up. It is now for us all to continue working for the future development of our village, to ensure that it meets current and future needs and aspirations’.