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I'm the local councillor for 12 villages in the south of Cambridgeshire - Duxford, Fowlmere, Foxton, Great & Little Chishill, Newton, Heydon, Hinxton, Ickleton, Pampisford, Shepreth, Whittlesford and Thriplow.

 

The Bees is abuzz with the Neighbourhood Plan

The Bees is abuzz with the Neighbourhood Plan

The Bees in the Wall at Whittlesford kindly hosted a drop-in session for the Neighbourhood Plan being drafted for the village. This was the first of three sessions during August to give residents of Whittlesford a sense of the draft Neighbourhood Plan before the formal consultation in the autumn, after which the Plan goes off to be checked over by a Planning Inspector and then - wait for it - there is a referendum on whether or not to adopt the Neighbourhood Plan. There was a stream of people dropping in to ask questions and riase points, as well as have a drink and sample the free nibbles laid on by Lawrie.

The Bees in the Wall was a good choice for the first drop-in session because this is a pub that has been at the heart of Whittlesford for many years, under Lawrie's care. The Neighbourhood Plan for Whittlesford offers us all the chance to have a say in the future of the village rather than just respond to future planning applications.

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The small steering group have worked incredibly hard to produce a draft plan which we are informally consulting on over the summer before the more formal processes in the autumn. It’s isn’t just about housing and transport although those are very important - we also have a lot of work on the environment and sustainability, and heritage too.

The other two sessions are Thursday 16 August at the Red Lion at the other end of the village and then at the Memorial Hall in the morning on Saturday 18 August. You can read more at

http://www.whittlesfordneighbourhoodplan.co.uk/

 

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Whittlesford Walled Garden - seeking a September deadline for comments on the planning application

Whittlesford Walled Garden - seeking a September deadline for comments on the planning application

Hit the road, Jack - getting the Local Highways bids IN!

Hit the road, Jack - getting the Local Highways bids IN!