Villagers will be able to have a greater say on the future development of their community.
Doddington Parish Council’s application for the village to be designated as a neighbourhood area has been approved by planners at Fenland District Council.
Parish councillors will now plough ahead with the preparation of a neighbourhood development plan, which can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in the area. This can include where extra new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like.
Before it can be adopted by the district council, the plan must go through several formal stages, including extensive community engagement.
Villagers will ultimately have the right to vote for or against the plan at a referendum. No plan can be adopted unless it passes a referendum.
If a neighbourhood plan is adopted, it would be considered alongside the district council’s Local Plan as well as national planning policy during deliberations on developments in Doddington.
Full details of the designation and a map showing the boundary of the area are available at www. fenland.gov.uk/ designations They can also be viewed at Fenland Hall business reception and the parish council noticeboard.
For more information email the Neighbourhood Strategy team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 01354 654321.