26th Oct, 2020

Catshill and North Marlbrook residents can check out area's Neighbourhood Plan and have their say

Tristan Harris 16th Oct, 2020 Updated: 16th Oct, 2020

TIME is running out for residents living in Catshill and North Marlbrook Parish to have their say on the proposals for their area over the next decade.

After four years of work the Neighbourhood Plan will shortly be submitted to Bromsgrove District Council for the final stages prior to adoption.

The Coronavirus lockdown and restrictions showed how important open spaces, cycle routes and footpaths were to residents.

One aim of the plan is to safeguard local facilities and, where possible, improve the extend existing green spaces and routes around the parish.

The plan also looks to protect the most sensitive areas of the green belt from intrusive development and influence how the district council decides where new housing should go.

The plan can be found on the Catshill and North Marlbrook Parish Council’s website but ‘drop-in’ sessions are being held tomorrow (Satuday, October 17) and October 31 at Catshill Village Hall for residents to look at the document and ask questions of the authors.

These sessions will run from 10am to 1pm.

Bernard McEldowney, the Chairman of the Parish Council, said: “People often ask what the parish council does for them.

“Well a good example is the Neighbourhood Plan we have been working on.

“It sets out how we think the area should evolve and how key features should be protected and enhanced.

“These sessions are a last opportunity for local residents to find out more and question those who wrote the plan.

“We will ensure social distancing, hand sanitiser and appropriate safeguards are in place for those attending so please attend and make your thoughts known.”

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