WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?

You are undoubtedly aware that Clifton has been under threat in recent years from speculative developers who are targeting our village, with its easy links to London, by endeavouring to turn good quality agricultural land into high value building land.

This speculation is not being carried out either for the benefit of Clifton, or its residents and the village has collectively demonstrated on several occasions its desire to remain a community, growing organically and separately from Shefford and Henlow.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a legal document, drawn up by a community, for the community and can cover virtually any topic the community thinks important.

A Neighbourhood Plan, once properly constructed will be ratified by an independent adjudicator and subsequently voted upon in a local referendum.

The Plan is not complete until the referendum has demonstrated it has the support of residents and businesses following which it can, and indeed must, be considered before any major changes are made to Clifton in the future.

The first step was to run an extensive village survey, which was sent to everyone over the age of 16 living or working in Clifton. We also ran a number of informal consultation meetings with the major village organisations and businesses.  

Based on the results of the survey, the plan is now being drafted and it will then be put to a referendum in the village before being adopted. 

Please contact us for further information and to let us know if you would like to be involved. 

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