Dear Residents of Boughton Aluph, Eastwell and Goat Lees,
Welcome to our website for our Neighbourhood Plan.
This project was initiated under my tenure as Chair of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council so I am delighted to have the chance to write this foreword.
From the outset I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the value of our parish creating its own Neighbourhood Plan. This process gives us, the communities of Goat Lees, Sandyhurst Lane and Lenacre Street and those in and around Boughton Aluph, the opportunity to come together to help shape and guide the future style of development and land use in our parish over the next fifteen years. We can have a say in how housing, the boundaries of our communities, the quality and scale of planning and design, business growth, the protection of green space and landscape, issues of transport and traffic, and the provision of local facilities are managed and contained. This is not just about the future but preserving and protecting what we value from the past, both in the built landscape and the green spaces within our communities and between and around our settlements. We have so much to be proud of.
I hope you will enjoy browsing the website which will be updated regularly to show you our progress at every stage as we create our Neighbourhood Plan. I very much look forward to reading your comments and seeing some lively debate. For those who want to know more about the process you will find a rich source of background information. You can also find out more about the volunteers who are working closely with the Parish Council to produce the Plan. If you would like to volunteer, we would welcome your help. There are plenty of things to do from delivering leaflets or questionnaires to neighbours on your street to working with others to research a particular local issue, for example, the type of housing we may need in the parish in the future, or the aspects of the natural environment that might need most protection.
By harnessing the wealth of talent within our community, I believe we can produce a Neighbourhood Plan of which we can all be proud. My fellow Parish Councillors and I also hope that the Plan can become a focus for building a strong community spirit and promoting a sense of neighbourliness and togetherness throughout our parish.
I urge you all to contribute. Together, we will shape the future of our community.
Parish Councillor (and Chair of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council, 2012 to 2016)
“I am delighted that the Parish Council for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell is taking up the opportunity to create a Neighbourhood Plan and I encourage local people to participate.
“The Government has put power back into the hands of local people through neighbourhood plans, giving communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.
“So far, over 1500 communities have taken advantage of neighbourhood planning and over 80 referendums have taken place, with nearly 9 out of 10 voters saying yes.”