VILLAGERS will get their chance to have a say on a vision for housing in Yapton.
The next step in progressing the area’s neighbourhood plan is about to be taken after it was announced at a special meeting of Yapton Parish Council the document was ready to go out for public consultation.
Parish councillor Andy Faulkner said: “If we stall any longer then we run the risk of missing the October deadline for the referendum and we are dicing with death as far as any prospective planning applications go.
“We will never put this to bed if we don’t move forward. We have been working on this for over two-and-a-half years.”
Fellow parish councillor John Mills said he felt other sites could have been looked at for development.
“I am not happy with some of the sites. If I was looking at them as a planning application I would object to them as they are on greenfield sites.
“I have got concerns,” said Cllr Mills.
He suggested one area which may be suitable was the Lamb Field.
This is the first step in the adoption process of the plan and will see a six-week window where stakeholders can comment on what the blueprint for development for the next 15 years contains.
The plan has been drawn-up by the Yapton Neighbourhood Plan Group, but the parish council will now take ownership of it as it progresses through its later stages.
A warm vote of thanks to the group was recorded.
Work on the plan, which has been undertaken by volunteers, started more than two years ago, and the group’s forward thinking has seen it gain national recognition for its efforts.
Cllr Faulkner said the plan may help them fight planning applications for the area that the parish council and residents deem as unsuitable.
“The further down the road we are the better chance we will have,” said Cllr Faulkner.
The neighbourhood plan is a document which reflects the views of the community. It gives residents a say on where they would like to see development in the coming years and what type of housebuilding they would prefer.
The plan will then have to be rubber-stamped by a government inspector.
If it passes this test a referendum will be held and if the document gains support from the majority of residents it will be adopted.