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5th February 16

Pocklington Neighbourhood Development Plan is underway and needs volunteers

A small group of members of the Town Council and some local volunteers has started meeting to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Pocklington in an initiative expected to be completed later this year.

The Planning Group is working in response to the Government’s Localism Act 2011, in which communities are now empowered to shape local developments.  Once completed, Pocklington’s Neighbourhood Development Plan will become part of the East Riding Council’s Local Plan and the policies contained within these together will then be used in the determination of planning and development applications.  The purpose of the Plan is to allow the Pocklington community to have real influence on where local developments go and what they look like.  Topics to be covered in the plan include quality-of-life, the road infrastructure and housing, so the importance of the plan cannot be underestimated.

The process for creating the Plan will involve extensive consultation with the Pocklington community as well as carrying out a referendum in which the Plan is either accepted or rejected.  Additionally, an external professional assessor will also be brought in to assess the quality and thoroughness of the Planning Group’s work and its results.

Work is at an early stage and the group seeks some extra volunteer members now.  The vital qualities needed are enthusiasm and a preparedness to stay the distance.  The picture below shows the three broad activity areas within the group together with the main skills needed in each area.  If you have enthusiasm and you can supply some of these skills than the group would be very interested to hear from you.  Please contact Richard Wood At townclerk@pocklington.gov.uk  or 01759 304851

5th February 16

Pocklington Town Council, together with their colleagues at Barmby Moor, have embarked upon creating a Neighbourhood Development Plan which includes the parish of Pocklington and Pocklington Industrial Estate.  A committee has been set up to bring the plan together and their next meeting is to be held on Thursday 25th February at The Old Courthouse 37 George Street Pocklington commencing at 7pm.  We would like any person interested in becoming involved in the formation of the plan to come along.

A Neighbourhood Development Plan can establish the general planning policy for the development and use of land like where new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like.  The plan can be detailed or general depending on what local people want.  Whilst the development currently taking place has been granted permission, the Neighbourhood Development Plan when adopted would have to be adhered to in all future developments.