Crewkerne Town Council has agreed to develop a Neighbourhood Plan, which will give the community more say on the provision of new housing development and what supporting infrastructure should be provided. Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, Chair of the town council’s Planning & Highways Committee said: “Crewkerne Town Council’s decision to develop a Neighbourhood Plan recognises that this will give the local community the opportunity to shape the future developments of the town, from housing provision to green spaces and infrastructure.”
A Neighbourhood Plan, once formally adopted, carries weight with the Panning Authority, allowing a community to directly influence the future of their town, although it must remain broadly consistent with a district council’s higher level local plan for areas within its district, which in this case is South Somerset District Council. The Neighbourhood Plan for Crewkerne will be led by Crewkerne Town Council but engagement with local community groups, businesses and residents, is a key check point in the plan’s development. It must be then put to a referendum and will only be formally adopted if the majority of the community are in favour of it. Community engagement events in Crewkerne will be announced, when the draft of the Neighbourhood Plan is ready for public viewing.