March people could soon have more say over the development of their town if the Town Council gets its way.
The Town Council has applied to Fenland District Council to designate the parish of March as a neighbourhood area. If it is approved it will be the first step towards the Town Council preparing a neighbourhood plan, which would establish planning policies for the development and use of land in March.
This would include where new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like
Residents would be fully involved in the preparation of the neighbourhood plan and, ultimately, will have the right to vote in favour or against the plan at a referendum. No plan can be adopted unless it passes a referendum but that is at least two years away.
This current consultation is not on a neighbourhood plan, but rather on the boundary of where a future neighbourhood plan can be. The Town Council wants the whole of the parish area as the boundary, but if residents think it should be a bigger or smaller then now is the time to say. Comments must be submitted by 5pm on Monday November 11.
A copy of the neighbourhood area application is available to view at: www.fenland.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning.
Details of the application and a map of the proposed boundary are displayed at : March Library, City Road, March (during normal opening hours), March @ your service shop, 8 Broad Street, March (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9am to 4pm and Saturdays 9am to noon), Fenland Hall Business Reception (Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Fridays 9am to 4.45pm), March Town Council, The Town Hall, Market Place, March (Monday to Wednesday 8am to 4pm and Fridays 8.30am to noon).
Comments can be made either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Neighbourhood Strategy (Planning Policy Team), Fenland District Council, Fenland Hall, County Road, March PE15 8NQ