Roade Neighbourhood plan officially adopted

Following a referendum in June during which 94 per cent of those who voted were in favour of the Roade Neighbourhood Plan, last week it was adopted by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

Published: Tuesday, 30th July 2019

Cllr Phil Bignell, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning, said: “Roade is a sustainable and attractive village close to Northampton, Milton Keynes and the M1 which makes it an attractive prospect for developers.

“Recognising that, we were pleased to support Roade Parish Council and their residents’ steering group in the development of this plan which means the hopes and aspirations of local people are taken in to account when planning decisions are made which impact the village."

In June 2019, 24 per cent of eligible voters in Roade took part in a referendum and 94 per cent of those said they would like the Neighbourhood Plan to be used to make planning decisions.

In an introduction to the plan by Cecil Bottomley, first Honorary Freeman of Roade, he congratulated those who had produced ‘an excellent draft plan’ and added: “It is fit for purpose as it respects and preserves our heritage whilst embracing the demands for future growth and proposing cogent policies to manage that growth."

Neighbourhood Plans are part of a package of measures introduced by central Government to allow communities more say in the planning of their area and now forms part of SNC’s development plan for the district.

It sets out policies to guide development and can allocate sites for specific uses.