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Neighbourhood Plan

The Steering Group are currently preparing an Audit of current Community Facilities (and their condition) and new facilities that residents/groups/stakeholders have told us that we need in the Parish. This will be given to Site Promoters so that they can formulate their ‘offers’ that might accompany their development proposals. We expect to be holding a Public Exhibition of all proposals in early 2018 and will be distributing information and dates just as soon as we can.

In the meantime we would be interested to hear from residents about what you consider to be the ‘centre’ of our village. Where is the heart of our community? Where do you see or bump into most people? Think about it in terms of shopping, leisure, geography, community etc. Email your thoughts to np@ashingtonpc.org.uk or write to Ashington PC, c/o Honeysuckle House, London Road, Ashington, RH20 3JR.

The Neighbourhood Plan Clerk met with HDC in January and they are very pleased with our progress to date and the approach we are taking with the Neighbourhood Plan. So, whilst progress may appear slow, we are moving forward in a controlled manner and making sure all work is done to a high standard before moving on.

Several Parishes have struggled to get their Neighbourhood Plans through to the full adoption stage so we are keen to learn from their experiences and to make sure that we do the best job that we can to produce a robust Plan that stands up to scrutiny by Planning Authorities and Developers. We will ensure that each potential development site is treated equally and fairly and that any reasons for rejection through the Neighbourhood Plan process can be strongly defended. All Neighbourhood Plan information can be seen at www.ashingtonpc.org.uk/neighbourhood-plan