Oakham Town Council has formed a steering group drawn from the local community which will develop a neighbourhood plan for the town.
The steering group is made up of members, who expressed an interest at recent public awareness events. Their aim is to develop the plan, in full consultation with residents, businesses and other interested parties.
This follows central Government policy, which is actively encouraging communities to take responsibility for the development of their environment.
The Neighbourhood Plan will become legally binding when accepted through a community referendum at the end of what is expected to be a two to three year process of research and consultation.
Rutland County Council has now received a submission to go ahead with a neighbourhood plan and the steering group is looking at examples of best practice from other plans from around the country.
Over the next two years, residents will expect be consulted about topics such as the location and types of residential housing, areas for commercial and industrial activities, transport links, roads, the high street, schools, healthcare, leisure and community facilities, open spaces and environmental issues.
Liz Sanders, who is chairman of the steering group, said: “Listening to what is important to members of the community is the most critical part of developing your neighbourhood plan so the steering group will be inviting local groups, charities, businesses, places of worship, schools, medical practitioners, developers, environmental and planning specialists as well as residents to have their say.
“If you would like to add yourself or a group to our list of contacts, please let us know.”
Anyone who wishes to get involved can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. uk.
Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan had its plan officially ‘made’ by Rutland County Council last month and sets out the views of how the community wish to see Uppingham develop in the coming years.