In April 2012 local communities were given legal powers under the Localism Act 2011 to develop Neighbourhood Plans. Neighbourhood Planning is the government’s initiative of trying to empower local communities to help make and take forward planning proposals at a local level. The idea being that local people will drive and then help to shape how their local communities grow and develop over the next coming years.
The Parish Council were keen to involve local residents in having a say in the future of Eastington parish and formed a steering group made up of residents and councillors to put together the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The plan covers the rural Parish of Eastington and captures the aspirations and needs of the 1500 people of the Parish of Eastington over the next twenty years, based on wide consultation events and surveys. The plan sets objectives on key themes such as housing, business and employment, community facilities and how we get around the parish (roads, transport, footpaths).
The plan went to public referendum on 18th August 2016. The question put to voters was:
“Do you want Stroud District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Eastington to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
NDP referendum result was 91% in favour of using the Eastington NDP with a 29% turnout (highest turnout of the 4 NDP referendums in the Stroud District).
The plan was adopted by Stroud District Council on 27th October 2016.
The key documents and maps are available on this page. Additional documents relating to the Eastington Neighbourhood Plan are available on request.