MP praises campaigners over Warton neighbourhood plan

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has praised the actions of community planning campaigners in Warton during a speech in the House of Commons.

Mr Menzies congratulated residents on their work to create a neighbourhood plan, detailing local people’s wishes for future development in the village.

The document must now be ratified via a local referendum organised by Fylde Borough Council and the Member of Parliament said he wanted to see that work take place as soon as possible.

Mr Menzies told the House: “May I take this opportunity to praise the residents of Warton in my constituency who recently submitted a comprehensive neighbourhood plan in line with the Government’s aspiration for community engagement?

“Does my hon. Friend agree that neighbourhood plans should be given full consideration by local councils at the earliest opportunity?”

Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis replied: “I congratulate my hon. Friend’s community on going forward with a neighbourhood plan.

“He is absolutely right. Local authorities should move forward to get them to the referendum stage as quickly as possible – the average at the moment is just two months. I hope that his community will benefit from that as well.”

Following the debate, Mr Menzies said it was vital Fylde Borough Council acted quickly to ensure the local community has the final say on whether the neighbourhood plan comes into force in their area.

He added: “I know a lot of work to produce Warton’s neighbourhood plan has been put in by local residents and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts.

“It is now up to Fylde Borough Council to step up and get the plan to referendum stage as soon as possible so we can be sure the neighbourhood plan represents the views of the entire village.”

To support the role of local planning authorities in this process, councils can claim Government funding of at least £30,000 per completed neighbourhood plan.

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