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Views sought on Clifton upon Teme Neighbourhood Plan

Local residents and workers are being asked for their views on the draft Clifton upon Teme Neighbourhood Plan.

Neighbourhood plans are a key part of the Government’s localism agenda to give local people more of a say on issues such as where new homes, shops and offices should be built, and the design of new developments.

Clifton upon Teme Parish Council has been preparing its draft neighbourhood plan in consultation with the local community and has now submitted its draft Plan to Malvern Hills District Council for a final stage of public consultation.

The Clifton upon Teme Neighbourhood Plan, covering the period 2016-2030, is available to view via Malvern Hills District Council’s website and consultation on the plan begins on Friday 16 December, running through until 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017.

Following consultation, the submitted version of the Clifton upon Teme Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to an examination by an independent examiner. Once the document has been approved by the independent examiner, a public referendum will take place. If more than 50 per cent of voters approve the proposed plan it will become part of the development plan and used in decision making and future planning for the Clifton upon Teme parish.

The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) sets out the overall development strategy for south Worcestershire, including housing and employment numbers and broad locations for development, whilst the Neighbourhood Plan looks in more detail at Clifton upon Teme.

The draft Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision and policies to guide development within the parish. The draft Plan contains local objectives and policies for the parish, including policies for meeting housing needs, protecting local character and heritage, design requirements for new buildings, proposed local green spaces, as well as promoting tourism and well being.

Cllr Melanie Baker, portfolio holder for planning and housing at Malvern Hills District Council said: “I welcome the fact that the community of Clifton upon Teme has invested time in developing a neighbourhood plan. This is no small undertaking and I commend the hard work that has resulted in the draft submission. The district council is publicising the plan as required before it goes to public examination. We hope people in Clifton upon Teme will let us have their views on the plan and its proposals”.

Cllr Helen Winer, Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, said: “Once published, the Neighbourhood Plan will become part of the development plan and be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and the future use of land in Clifton upon Teme. It will be a powerful tool shaping the area. This consultation by the district council is the next step to bring the plan to fruition”.

Electronic copies of the draft Clifton upon Teme Neighbourhood Plan, supporting documentation and response forms are available on the Malvern Hills District Council’s website at http://www.malvernhills.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning/.

Paper copies of the draft Clifton upon Teme Neighbourhood Plan and response forms are also available to view at the Malvern Customer Service Centre and Library, Tenbury Wells Customer Service Centre and Library and Upton-upon-Severn Customer Service Centre and Library.

Comments on the draft Clifton upon Teme Neighbourhood Plan should be sent to Malvern Hills District Council by 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017. Comments can be emailed to developmentplans@malvernhills.gov.uk or sent by post to Planning Policy at Malvern Hills District Council, Planning Services, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF.