The Steering Group have been working hard in the last few months and the Neighbourhood Plan is now well and truly coming to life! We have been reviewing your comments from our consultation events and surveys, and meeting with key stakeholders to understand the issues facing the village and how we can shape the future of our area. We have also appointed consultants Armstrong Rigg Planning to support us through the process.
A key issue in our Plan will be the need to accommodate additional housing growth. Having no development is not an option, but now the Neighbourhood Plan presents the opportunity to take control of where and how future development comes forward.
We will soon be inviting your views on a preferred ‘direction of growth’ in Irchester. At this stage, we will be looking at general zones of growth to ensure we progress with a realistic and defendable plan.
We have also taken your comments to develop key strategic policies central to our vision for Irchester, Knuston and Little Irchester. These relate to supporting local facilities, protecting the special environmental features of the area, and ensuring development respects the essential character of the Parish.
So make sure you look out for our upcoming consultation surveys and events. We look forward to sharing the outcome of our work so far, and hearing your views as we continue to move forward!