Public feedback events will begin this week on plans to give Morecambe people a greater say on local building development.
Morecambe Town Council wants to start work on producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for our town and wants the public to give their views
“This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of our town and realise our vision which aims to work with the residents of Morecambe to make Morecambe a better place to live, work and visit,” said a spokesman for the town council.
A Neighbourhood Development Plan allows a local community to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work.
It can be used to:
Develop a shared vision for the neighbourhood, allocate land for different uses including housing, shops, employment and community uses, identify and protect important local green spaces, influence what new buildings should look like, protect the heritage of Morecambe and its buildings, and improve Morecambe’s empty properties.
If adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will become part of a planning blueprint for the Lancaster district and Lancaster City Council will have to take it into account when making planning decisions.
Proposals for the development and use of key sites in the town;
“A Neighbourhood Plan cannot be used to stop development, however it could allow the local community to decide where we want new development to be built and what those new developments should look like,” said the spokesman.
“Your help is essential to ensure that we get the right plan for our town. It is your opportunity to have a say in the future of your town. We need your views and opinions and we will be holding consultation events to meet and talk with you. Without your support and involvement, we cannot ensure that a sustainable legacy is developed for Morecambe.”
The initial questions to consider are:
Which buildings within Morecambe would you like to keep and protect?
To make our planning process easier, what measures would you like to see introduced?
What land or which problem sites in the town would you like to see tidied up?
Morecambe Town Council has sent a leaflet to houses in the town about the Neighbourhood Plan.
Similar plans are being adopted in Wray with Botton, Caton with Littledale, Cockerham, Halton with Aughton
A five week consultation period runs from May 28 to July 4. Leaflets have been sent out to Morecambe households.
Consultation events are as follows:
Saturday May 28 - Arndale Centre, 11am - 2pm
Tuesday May 31 - Sefton Road UR Church, 4pm - 7pm
Monday June 6 - Christ Church UR Church, 2pm - 4pm
Tuesday June 7 - Arndale Centre, 11am - 2pm
Wednesday June 8 - Torrisholme UR Church, 4pm - 7pm
Monday June 9 - Westgate Primary School, 4pm- 6pm
To give your views, go to www.morecambe.gov.uk where a link to an online questionnaire/response form can be found, or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Neighbourhood Plan Consultation, Morecambe Town Council, Town Hall, Marine Road, Morecambe, LA4 5AF.