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Official Consultation Ends of 19th July

What is the Neighbourhood Plan and why is it important?

The Ivers Neighbourhood Plan will help shape our Parish for many years to come. Its purpose is for our communityto set out a positive vision for how we want the Ivers to develop in ways that meet identified local needs and make sense for local people. 

A neighbourhood plan attains the same legal status as a Local Plan once it has been approved at a referendum. At this point it comes into force as part of the statutory development plan, i.e. it does have some ‘clout’.

Why is there another consultation on it?

The Ivers Neighbourhood Plan is now in its final draft. The previous consultation was ‘unofficial’ but because this is now the official Regulation 14 Consultation, all relevant comments and representations made by residents at this stage need to be considered.

What should you do by Monday 19th July? 

If you submitted comments at the unofficial consultation phase earlier this year, check the latest version as to whether they have already been taken into consideration. If you are still not satisfied, make your points again, with justifications if possible. 

Either way, we urge everyone to read the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and comment if there is anything you feel has been missed out or mis-represented. It’s an 80-page document, but you will find some of it can be skimmed through so please don’t be put off – focus on what is important to you. 

Go to the IPC website for guidance and ways to make your submissions. There is also an IPC article on the Neighbourhood Plan in the July issue of In and Around Iver magazine (pages 12-15). 

What is IHRA doing about it? 

Members of the IHRA committee have been part of the neighbourhood planning process with the Ivers Parish Council throughout. We submitted our comments at the Informal Consultation phase but will be making further representations as part of this Regulation 14 Consultation, which we will circulate to members soon. 

If you need any assistance, please contact us or get in touch with the Ivers Parish Council. 

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