Charnwood Borough Council is consulting on its ‘Core Strategy’. This used to be called the Local Plan and decides where all future housing, employment and other infrastructure will be located in the Borough. It’s a long and very costly process. Clearly there is a need to engage local residents in deciding where they would like to see development take place and equally important where they would not like to see development.
The current consultation appears to consist of trailing around the Borough four boards with information and a couple of officers to answer any questions. Unfortunately some of these are at times when working residents have no opportunity to see them locally.
The Borough has also failed to fully engage the public by hosting public meetings where residents could air their views, have questions answered and where their comments could be recorded instead of having to log on to a website or similar http://localplan.charnwood.gov.uk/
All credit therefore to the Garendon Park and Countryside Action Group, Shepshed Town Council and Hathern Parish Council who have organised such meetings which I have attended and been invited to speak.
This plan is for at least the next 15 years – the voice of the residents must be fully heard.