13 November 2017

Neighbourhood Plan reaches major milestone

You will be delighted to hear that your Neighbourhood Plan will shortly be submitted for public consultation. After five years in the making, the efforts of our collective labours are about to bear fruit.

The next steps call for formal public consultation (planned for early in the New Year), examination by an inspector (around Easter) and finally a local referendum (late summer).

The Plan will be of key importance in determining the future development of Oulton and Woodlesford. Once adopted, following an official local referendum of eligible voters, it will become part of Planning Law that the local Planning Authority will be governed by.

Covering the entire Neighbourhood Forum Area and informed by numerous open consultation exercises with those living, working and having businesses here, the Plan is the result of five years’ work. Although facilitated by your Forum’s elected Steering Committee, the Plan communicates the majority views of the community.

The Plan will be submitted to Leeds City Council for formal comment early in the New Year at which time a six week public consultation will be open. This will be your final opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed plan before it is presented for examination by a Government Inspector.

A summary of the plan, together with a request for comments, will be distributed to all properties in the Forum’s area when the consultation opens. The full plan will be available on the Forum’s website and a small number of printed reference copies will be made available to view locally. A small number of public information drop-in events are also planned during the consultation period.

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