Have your say in the future of Finchampstead?
Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the Localism Act 2011. It is an important and powerful tool that gives communities statutory powers to shape how their communities develop.
A team of community volunteers is currently working an evidence-based Neighbourhood Development Plan to influence how Finchampstead develops up to 2035.
What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)?
It is the most powerful tool a community has ever had for influencing local development!
- It is the best way to safeguard our neighbourhoods from speculative, ill-conceived development.
- It is a plan for our area drawn up by local people, representing their views and needs.
- It will provide community derived planning policies for our parish, which will be used when planning applications are considered.
It will cover important issues such as housing, green spaces, social/economic needs and priorities, leisure and transport. When completed the plan will be submitted for approval and it will be up to local people to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to it in a parish referendum in the spring of 2021.
Local people have been consulted about their Vision for the future of Finchampstead through a postal and on-line questionnaire. The consultation closed on 15 November 2019 – the responses are now being analysed and will be published in due course.
Our vision is to embrace the need for change and to meet the expanding need of a growing population whilst protecting those important things that have attracted generations of people to choose Finchampstead as a place to live and bring up their families