A Full Council meeting at the Assembly Rooms on the 11th February 2015 saw Alton Town Councillors endorse Alton’s draft Neighbourhood Development Plan for formal consultation.
The draft plan is the result of more than 12 months of work involving discussions with members of the community, businesses and other stakeholders. This has been carried out by volunteers from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group who have held public meetings and conducted surveys. Local information and statistics have also been collated to help develop plan policies.
The purpose of producing the Neighbourhood plan is to give local people a say on development and infrastructure in the town. A site map is included in the plan showing where planned development in Alton could take place. There are six main policy sections which cover areas such as housing, transport, and education. The consultation process welcomes comments on these policy areas. Feedback received will influence the final content of the plan.
The Town Mayor, Cllr Graham Hill, says “The Alton Neighbourhood Development Plan has been developed under the auspices of Alton Town Council and started back in December 2013. The Town Council wanted all the people of Alton to have a say in many aspects of the town’s future but most importantly it wanted local people to have their say on where new housing should go rather than leaving this decision entirely to East Hampshire District Council as the planning authority. Alton is a great market town with a unique heritage and a dynamic future. Investment and change in the years ahead will only be worthwhile if they make a positive difference to the lives of local people and the future of the community”.
The draft plan consultation will last six weeks commencing on Monday 16th February and ending on Monday 30th March 2015. A copy of the draft plan is available to view online at www.alton.gov.uk where comments can be left via a feedback form. Hard copies of the plan are also available to view at key public buildings around the town such as the Public Library, Community Centre and Town Hall. A full list of locations can be obtained from the Town Hall, Market Square, Alton GU34 1HD or by phoning 01420 83986. Large print copies are also available. All comments on the Neighbourhood Plan must be made in writing either electronically or by letter clearly showing the respondent’s name and address.