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Have your say on future of South Northants jewel

Author: Gavin Moore Published: 1st February 2017 10:23
Have your say on future of South Northants jewelHave your say on future of South Northants jewel

After those in Stoke Bruerne had their say, people across South Northamptonshire now have a chance to give their opinion on guidelines that will help shape the future of one the district’s most treasured villages.
In November South Northants Council (SNC) confirmed that the Village Design Statement (VDS) drafted by Stoke Bruerne Parish Council and local residents conformed to local and national planning policy.
Before it can be adopted and used to influence the nature of future development in the village, the wider district must have an opportunity to comment on the VDS and a six week public consultation started on Monday, 30 January.
Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environment said: “Local people have led the process by which these guidelines for future growth have been drafted, and they and the council are happy that they are in the best interests of the village.
“With its thatched cottages, canal locks and wonderful community events, anyone who visits Stoke Bruerne is quickly enchanted. In many ways the village belongs to all of us.
“I would urge anyone who has Stoke Burerne close to their heart to read the VDS and add their comments or endorsements.”
The Village Design Statement provides an analysis of the historical development of the village and its present day character, identifying important natural and built features and other defining characteristics.
In 2015 the parish council asked Stoke Bruerne residents to complete a questionnaire about the village which covered topics such as; future housing development, current housing stock, community engagement and their priorities for the village. Of the 156 questionnaires delivered, 44 per cent were completed.
The Design Statement features guidelines which seek to ensure that the character and appearance of Stoke Bruerne is properly understood, considered, and enhanced through future development and changes. This relates to all types of development including works by homeowners, developers, business and public bodies, all of which should reflect the special qualities of the village.   
The consultation ends Friday, 10 March 2017. To take part visit - http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/8255.htm, email - planning.policy@southnorthants.gov.uk, or call 01327 322249.
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