Residents in Werrington will soon be able to play a greater part in planning the future of the community.
An application by the Werrington Area Forum to designate Werrington as a neighbourhood area has been approved by Peterborough City Council.
This means that the forum can now proceed with preparing a neighbourhood plan for the area, which will guide future development there. Firstly, the group will need to apply to become formally recognised as a neighbourhood forum.
A neighbourhood plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, including where additional new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like.
The Werrington area designation comes following a public consultation held between August 29 and October 10 2018 in which residents supported the proposal.
Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “The Localism Act allows residents to have a greater say over developments that take place in their community.
"Once a neighbourhood plan is approved then a council is legally bound to give weight to it when determining planning applications.”
The area largely covers Werrington village and Werrington ward in its entirety and extends into part of Gunthorpe. The southern boundary runs from Gunthorpe Road, between Fulbridge Road/Aster Drive and Blackdown Garth, Werrington Brook, the public footpath between Barons Court and Ambleside Gardens and the northern boundary of Campbell Drive playing fields.
Designated neighbourhood areas currently exist at Ailsworth, Bretton, Castor, Deeping Gate, Glinton, Northborough, Peakirk and Woodston: Ailsworth, Castor and Peakirk all have neighbourhood plans in place.