12:00PM, Saturday 26 November 2016
A ‘major milestone’ has been achieved by Bray Parish Neighbourhood Plan (BPNP) steering group which has submitted the plan to the Royal Borough after working on it for five-and-a-half years.
Neighbourhood plans, introduced by the Localism Act 2011, give communities the chance to shape development in their areas.
The Bray Parish Neighbourhood Plan was submitted by the steering group on Wednesday November 16.
Chris Graham, Bray parish councillor and a member of the BPNP steering group said: “This represents a major milestone for the BPNP steering group after five-and-a-half years’ worth of meetings, consultations, drafts, discussions, health-checks and a great deal of commitment from its members.
“The steering group has been careful to ensure that the plan fully reflects the views of the residents in Bray Parish and believe that it will assist in protecting greenbelt in the parish.”
The document states the plan objectives as safeguarding greenbelt land, preserving and enhancing the ‘Bray green gap’ between Maidenhead and Windsor, ensuring housing changes respect and enhance the character of the parish and encouraging the re-use of agricultural and farm buildings.
The plan includes housing criteria, and road traffic provisions.
Bray Parish Council will now work with the council to appoint an independent inspector who will then decide if the plan will go to a referendum in the parish.
Steve Adams, chairman of the BPNP steering group, handed over the plan, alongside Ken Elvin, chairman of Bray Parish Council.
Steve said: “We spent five years, collecting, canvassing and contacting views in the parish and its quite clear from the feedback we're getting about protecting greenbelt. We would be pretty disappointed if we haven’t had a referendum by this time next year, but I would be surprised if it was before Easter.”
The neighbourhood plan was approved by Bray Parish Council in July.
Cllr Elvin (Ind, Bray) said: “It’s five years’ worth of work for the working group and the parish council want to thank them for all their service.”
Visit www.brayplan.com to view the plan.
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