Comments on the Clawson Hose and Harby Neighbourhood Plan
I SUPPORT ALL ASPECTS OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Throughout the course of the past two years the Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Group have taken considerable care to elicit the views of residents and stakeholders, following a very comprehensive consultation process. It has equally taken account of the NPPF guidance, the emerging Melton Local Plan, as well as professional reports from technical specialists in ecology, environment, heritage, housing, hydrology and traffic. This has produced a well thought out Plan that clearly reflects the community’s and stakeholder’s wishes for the Parish, showing how the three villages should develop over the next 20 - 30 years. I am impressed at how the Plan has captured the individual uniqueness of the three villages, their shared ancient heritage, and the desire to grow sustainably, without compromising the community spirit, heritage and ecological aspects, and the beauty of the open green spaces.
The allocation of housing sites is a key issue for the community and I’m pleased to note that the Neighbourhood Plan sets out its allocation based on the most recent HEDNA housing requirements, which are 30% less than those shown by Melton Borough Council in its Local Plan. I support this reduced allocation and note however, that the Parish Council has stated how, if Melton Borough Council insist on sticking to its original housing figures, that these might be met.
The selection of sites put forward in the Neighbourhood Plan I support. These are based on rigorous consultation, assessment of sustainability and local knowledge of infrastructure issues and heritage. The result is a reflection of the communities view.
I therefore totally support the Clawson Hose and Harby Neighbourhood Plan.