Bourne Town Council neighbourhood plan will help shape town’s future

Bourne town councillors Roy McKinney, David Mapp and Trevor Holmes
Bourne town councillors Roy McKinney, David Mapp and Trevor Holmes
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The future of development in the town is on the agenda and councillors are calling for public input.

Bourne Town Council is drawing up a neighbourhood plan and wants input from as many residents as possible.

The plan states where the people of Bourne would prefer homes to be built and employment to be provided. It also covers the appearance of any new buildings.

A meeting will be held at Bourne Corn Exchange from 7.30pm on February 24. Councillors Roy McKinney, David Mapp and Trevor Holmes, who have been asked to work on the plan, will explain the ideas behind the document.

There will also be time set aside for anyone who attends to ask questions.

Coun McKinney said: “We hope that the people of the parish will take this opportunity to tell us what their hopes are for the future of Bourne, and take advantage of this chance to make Bourne an even better place to live and work.”

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act 2011. The plan can be detailed or general, depending what people want.

According to the Government’s website: “Neighbourhood plans allow people to get the right type of development for their community, but the plans must still meet the needs of the wider area.

“In most cases we expect this will mean that neighbourhood plans will have to take into account the local council’s assessment of housing and other development needs in the area.”