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Views sought on Marton West neighbourhood plan

Local residents are being asked for their views on future development in a key Middlesbrough Community.

Over the next six weeks they'll have the chance to have their say on the Marton West Neighbourhood Plan.

Those views - which can be submitted until Monday, October 26 - will then be fed into an independent public examination.

Restrictions imposed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic mean that much of the consultation will be undertaken online, with hard copies of the Plan and response forms available to those without internet access.

The modified Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Middlesbrough Council by the Marton West Neighbourhood Forum, which is made-up of local residents and other stakeholders.

Neighbourhood Plans were introduced in the 2011 Localism Act, and work alongside the Council's Local Plan to help determine where new homes and shops should go, or what places should look like within the designated area.

The Marton West Neighbourhood Plan became the town's first when it came into force in 2016, but has been updated to reflect in part a ward boundary change, which resulted in the inclusion of the De Brus Park area.

Councillor Ashley Waters, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Regeneration, said: "It's vital that local residents play a central role in the future development of their neighourhoods and communities.

"This extensive consultation exercise allows the people of Marton West the chance to do just that, and I hope as many as possible will take this opportunity to make their voices heard."

Copies of the modified Plan and supporting documentation are now available to download on the Marton West Neighbourhood Plan page.

Anyone wishing to comment on the modified Plan can complete an online response form, or email comments to planningpolicy@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Hard copies of the modified Plan (excluding the accompanying documentation) and response forms will be made available upon request, for those who do not have access to online facilities.

For further information, contact Planning Policy on 01642 729065 or write to Planning Policy, Planning Services, Middlesbrough Council, First Floor, Civic Centre, PO BOX 504, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FY.

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