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Whittlesey neighbourhood area approved

The whole of the parish of Whittlesey has been designated as a neighbourhood area, giving local residents the chance to play a greater part in developments that take place in their community.


The application from Whittlesey Town Council was approved by Fenland District's planning committee at the end of last month (April 29).
It means the parish council can now go ahead with preparing a neighbourhood development plan or neighbourhood development order - a power introduced under the Localism Act 2011.
A neighbourhood plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, including where extra new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like.
Before it can be adopted by Fenland District Council the plan must go through several formal stages, including extensive community engagement.

Residents of Whittlesey would be fully involved in the plan's preparation and, ultimately, will have the right to vote for or against it at a referendum. No plan can be adopted unless it passes a referendum.
If a neighbourhood plan is adopted, it would be considered alongside Fenland District Council's Local Plan as well as national planning policy when the district council is deciding planning applications within the Whittlesey Neighbourhood Area. The council is legally bound to give weight to the plan.

The Whittlesey Neighbourhood Area has not been designated as a business area.

Full details of the designation and a map showing the boundary of the designated area are available at They can also be viewed at Fenland Hall business reception, the Whittlesey Community Hub and town council notice boards.

If you have any questions about the designation, email FDC's Neighbourhood Strategy team at or call them on 01354 654321.

Article added May 12, 2015