20 August 2018: 3:55 pm
New neighbourhood consultation
Basildon Council launched a six-day public consultation at the beginning of the month, seeking opinions on designating the parish area of Ramsden Bellhouse as a neighbourhood to encourage new development and masterplanning.
The formal application from Ramsden Bellhouse Parish Council was submitted to Basildon to give its local community greater power to shape development within the area at a local level. Through neighbourhood planning, residents could choose where new homes, shops and offices should be built; have a say on what infrastructure should be provided; and grant planning permission for certain types of new development.
Currently, the parish council is the only body that can carry out neighbourhood planning in Ramsden Bellhouse on behalf of its residents and businesses.