The end of the month will see Alwoodley Parish residents having a formal say in the future development of the area. On 28th June, residents will have the chance to say whether they agree that the Alwoodley Parish Neighbourhood Plan should be adopted as a formal planning document for the area.
Neighbourhood plans offer local communities the chance to influence how their areas develop and ensure that people can have a say on key issues such as housing. If adopted, the council would have to take into account the details contained in the plan when considering future development in the parish.
Earlier in the year, parish residents were involved with producing the Plan, and the Alwoodley Councillors are now urging them to vote on Referendum Day, June 28th.
Councillor Neil Buckley (Conservative, Alwoodley ward), said:
“28th June is not far away. We would urge all residents of the parish to vote in the referendum on adoption of the Alwoodley Neighbourhood Plan – this is the opportunity to make your views known on how development is to be managed.”
Councillor Dan Cohen, (Conservative, Alwoodley ward) said:
“Whichever way you choose, please vote in the referendum on the 28th. By voting in the referendum, residents can determine if they want this new Plan to help guide how the council makes planning decisions in our local area. Should it be adopted, it would give our community an extra level of protection.”
Councillor Peter Harrand, (Conservative, Alwoodley ward) said:
“I have said before that high numbers of houses put unacceptable strains on local facilities and services whilst destroying our green belt and woodlands. The adoption of the Plan would give residents a voice on how we can grow in a controlled manner.”