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Town council leads formulation of Neighbourhood Plan

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

By Natalie Wakefield

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A COMMITTEE of Ashbourne traders and townsfolk is to be set up to help create a blueprint for the future of the town.

Ashbourne Town Council is leading the formulation of a Neighbourhood Plan an a working group of members has been established to engage with people in the town.

At a meeting on Wednesday last week, around 100 people attended a presentation outlining the purpose of a Neighbourhood Plan and how it works within the local government framework.

The meeting was called and run by town councillors Darren Archer, Lucy Green, Sue Bull and Denise Brown.

Councillor Green said: "We highlighted that the Neighbourhood Plan will shape the future of building developments - where they should go, what they would look like and what types of development would be welcomed in the town, as well as retail and protecting green spaces to name but a few examples.

"The initial feed back that we have had is extremely positive.

"It appears that the people who attended the meeting are extremely interested in mobilising a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish of Ashbourne, and interest was shown from people from outside of the parish to look at how neighbouring smaller and more rural parishes can get involved which is excellent news, as decisions taken in Ashbourne may impact the immediate surrounding areas.

"We will be collating the feedback from the meeting and using this to get the ball rolling to create a working committee of Ashbourne residents and retailers to start to create a blueprint for the future of Ashbourne for the next 15 to 20 years.

"We are looking for as many people, of any age, who have any amount of time to spare, to get a good cross section from Ashbourne to ensure that a well balanced plan is produced over the coming year. "If you know of anyone who might be interested in having an input let us know."

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