We have received a good response to our first questionnaire to gather your views for the development of the Neighbourhood Plan. The deadline for completion of the questionnaire was 31st July. This was our first consultation exercise and we will be giving you feedback and holding a series of workshops throughout the Autumn. The whole point of a Neighbourhood Plan is that it is community-led and that means researched, written and voted on by the people who live in the neighbourhood – that’s you and your neighbours! We are also interested in and are seeking the views of people who visit and work in Hungerford. It will, at the end of the process, have significant influence on the way Hungerford changes once the plan has been sanctioned by a town referendum.
Hungerford is launching an exciting project – Hungerford 2036 - to guide the way our town and its surrounding area will evolve.
The Hungerford 2036 Project Team aims to identify how Hungerford wishes to develop over the next 20 years and document this vision in a Neighbourhood Development Plan which will:-
Hungerford 2036 will demand a lot of work from us all and will keep the Project Team busy for at least the next two years. Everyone will be kept informed throughout this time and will be encouraged to contribute their ideas and opinions at various stages. Engagement and help from residents living or working in all parts of the town and its surroundings is vital to the success of the project. Contributions will be welcomed from the entire community, from all backgrounds and age groups.
Once the Plan is ready a local referendum will be held and more than half of those who vote must choose “yes” for the Plan to be finalised. If all goes well, the Plan would then become part of the planning framework for our area. This means it must be used by the local Planning Authority (West Berks) when making decisions.
The Plan will also provide a clear summary of the community’s aspirations and priorities to guide the Town Council and other organisations’ decisions.
More information can be found at www.Hungerford2036.info. If you would like to follow and be kept informed about progress on the project please email claire.barnes@hungerford-TC.gov.uk .
The Project Team is very much looking forward to working on this project and your suggestions, comments and questions will always be welcome - as well as your offers of help!
Chair of Hungerford 2036 Project Team
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