Ashby de la Zouch Neighbourhood Plan
The plan was launched in April 2013 with drop in sessions, visits to primary schools, a meeting with Explorer Scouts, a survey at the Ashby Food and Drink Festival and an online survey completed by students at Ashby School.
This document summarises the responses received to the survey completed at the Food and Drink Festival and from Ashby School, Ashby Explorers, Willesley School and Ashby C of E Primary School.
The results of this initial consultation were analysed and the key areas for the Neighbourhood Plan to cover were defined.
In May 2014 the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group produced a newsletter to update the people of Ashby on progress and this can be downloaded by following this link.
In June 2014 five Focus Groups were established looking at the following areas:
• Town Centre Vitality
• Economic Growth
• Housing and the built environment
• Accessibility and Transport
• Education and Leisure
These Focus Groups attracted a cross section of people who live or work in Ashby de la Zouch and they spent four months looking at aims for the theme, options for dealing with issues associated with their theme and suggesting policies that could help address the issues.
Each Focus Group produced a table which summarised the objectives for their theme and suggested policies required to support the achivement of those objectives. These tables have all been combined in to a single spreadsheet which can be downloaded by following this link.
EMERGING VISION AND POLICIES
Ashby de la Zouch is a prosperours attractive and historic market town at the heart of the National Forest. Our vision is to build on that uniqueness and create a town that meets the needs of local people whilst making the most of its special qualities to attract visitors and shoppers from futher afield.
This will be achieved by creating a safe, clean, accessible and attractive town in which people can shop, work, live and pursue their leisure activities. The town should offer something for everyone regardless of their age, lifestyle or status.
A Reference Group was established, consisting of the Chairs from each Focus Group and representatives from Yourlocale and the Deputy Town Clerk. The Reference Group used the outputs from the Focus Groups as the basis for producing a draft Neighbourhood Plan.
Consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan was approved at the Town Council's Planning and Transportation Committee on 12th October, the consultation will ran from 13th October to 24th November 2015.
Consultation on the Pre Submission Neighbourhood Plan will run from 2nd May to 14th June 2016.
The production of the Neighbourhood Plan is strongly influenced by the emerging Local Plan, which is being produced by North West Leicestershire District Council. The contents of the Neighbourhood Plan cannot conflict with the Local Plan this means the timescales for producing the Neighbourhood Plan can be affected by developments at the District Council. To find out more about the North West Leicestershire District Council Local Plan follow this link.
Ashby de la Zouch Town Council has commented on the draft North West Leicestershire Local Plan and the comments can be viewed by following this link.
If you have any questions please ring Karen Edwards, Deputy Town Clerk on 01530 416961 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.