A referendum looks set to be held on a development plan for Little Eaton which lays out a vision for the village over the next 13 years.
The draft Little Eaton Neighbourhood Development Plan is the result of an extensive consultation with the community and has been prepared by a steering group of residents.
The core objectives of the plan are the built environment; leisure and facilities; the natural environment, and business. The vision for 2033 includes protecting the green belt, approximately 30-40 new homes and expanding leisure facilities with an enhanced network of footpaths and bridleways. It also includes the creation of a new local nature reserve and an expanded and improved village centre.
People in the village would be asked to vote on whether they want Erewash Borough Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Little Eaton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood areas. If the referendum result is successful the draft plan will go before full council to be adopted.
Councillor Michael Powell, Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“Neighbourhood planning gives communities more control over how their area develops. Should the referendum go ahead it will be a great opportunity for residents of Little Eaton to vote on the future development of the village.”
Little Eaton Parish Council successfully applied for the whole of the parish to be designated as a neighbourhood planning area in 2017.
The Little Eaton Neighbourhood Development Plan can be seen on the council’s website at erewash.gov.uk/LENP
Councillors will be asked to approve a recommendation that the referendum is held at a meeting of council executive on 18 February.