A referendum that was due to be held on Monday 30 March on a development neighbourhood plan for Little Eaton has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
A new date has yet to be set for the referendum but we will let people know as soon as we can.
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. It lays out a vision for the village over the next 13 years.
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.
Residents in the village will 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. The referendum 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.