February 20 deadline for views on March Neighbourhood Plan
March residents have until February 20 to comment on the town's proposed Neighbourhood Plan. That is the closing date for the six-week public consultation launched on January 9.
Neighbourhood Plans are a tool introduced by the Government to give local communities more power to influence planning decisions in their area.
The March Neighbourhood Plan is the first to be drawn up in Fenland. Following the end of the consultation, it will be submitted for independent examination and a local referendum.
If it is adopted, it would be considered alongside Fenland District Council's Local Plan and national planning policy when decisions are taken on planning applications within the March Neighbourhood Area. The council is legally bound to give weight to the plan.
All the relevant documents including response forms are available for download at: www.fenland.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning/submissions.
Hard copies are available to view during normal opening hours at Fenland Hall in County Road, the Fenland @ your service shop in Broad Street and March Town Hall in the Market Place.
Completed response forms should be returned via email to Neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk or by post to Neighbourhood Strategy (Planning Policy) Team, Fenland District Council, Fenland Hall, County Road, March PE15 8NQ.
For further information, please email the Neighbourhood Strategy Team at Neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk.
Article added February 8, 2017