Parson Drove to have greater say on development

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The whole of the parish of Parson Drove has been designated as a neighbourhood area, giving local residents the chance to play a greater part in developments that take place in their community.

The application from Parson Drove parish council was approved by Fenland District’s planning committee on January 14. The parish was not designated as a business area.

The decision means the parish council can now go ahead with preparing a neighbourhood development plan or neighbourhood development order or both - a power introduced under the Localism Act 2011.

A neighbourhood plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, including where extra new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like.

Residents of Parson Drove would be fully involved in the preparation of the neighbourhood plan and, ultimately, will have the right to vote for or against it at a referendum. No plan can be adopted unless it passes a referendum.

If a neighbourhood plan is adopted, it would be considered alongside Fenland District Council’s Local Plan as well as national planning policy when the district council is deciding planning applications within the Parson Drove Neighbourhood Area. The council is legally bound to give weight to the plan.

Full details of the designation and a map showing the boundary of the designated area are available at www.fenland.gov.uk/designations. They can also be viewed at Fenland Hall business reception, the Fenland @ your service shop in Wisbech and on notice boards within Parson Drove.

If you have any questions about the designation, email FDC’s Neighbourhood Strategy team at neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk or call them on 01354 654321.