A consultation has been launched to gather views on how two parish councils plan to work together and take the future of their villages into their own hands.
Linton and Hildersham parish councils have applied to South Cambridgeshire District Council to designate them as a ‘Neighbourhood Area’, which will mean they can go on to form a development plan.
This could include providing and designing homes, shops, offices and infrastructure for their villages.
South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) current consultation is calling on people to give their views on the parish councils’ proposed Neighbourhood Area, and to see if any other parishes want to request to be included, before a decision is taken on how an ensuing plan should progress.
Neighbourhood Development Plans are not required by parish councils but those who choose to carry one out can use it to propose additional development on top of SCDC local plans.
SCDC is currently contacting bordering authorities and parishes directly as part of the consultation and further information can be found by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning.
The consultation closes on April 9.
Cllr Pippa Corney, SCDC cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “We are very pleased to be able to facilitate localism by helping parishes put together their own neighbourhood plans.
“At this stage we are simply asking people if they think the area submitted is the correct one, and this is an opportunity for other parishes to request to join in if they believe there is mutual benefit.”
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