Your article: Help to shape development in Pocklington

Members of the Planning Group: (l-r) John Brown, Jon Duke and Richard Wood.
Members of the Planning Group: (l-r) John Brown, Jon Duke and Richard Wood.

Volunteers are being sought to join a group which is producing a vital planning document for Pocklington.

The Planning Group is made up of members of the town council and some local volunteers and meets regularly to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan in an initiative expected to be completed later this year.

The group is working in response to the Government’s Localism Act 2011, which empowers neighbourhoods to shape future local developments by producing these plans. The purpose of the plan is to ensure that the voice of Pocklington residents is heard loud and clear when important decisions are being made by East Riding Council.

Once completed, Pocklington’s Neighbourhood Development Plan will become a part of East Riding Council’s Local Plan and its policies will become an adjunct to it in a period extending to 2026. Policies areas to be covered by the plan include quality-of-life, the road infrastructure and housing.

The process for creating the plan involves extensive consultation with the Pocklington community which will be followed by a local referendum in which the plan is either accepted or rejected.

After this, an external professional assessor will assess the quality and thoroughness of the Planning Group’s work and its results and make recommendations to East Riding Council.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Right now, work is at an early stage and the group seeks some extra volunteer members. The vital qualities needed are enthusiasm and a preparedness to make a contribution.

“The group envisages that the lion’s share of the work will be done by the end of this year, however if you could make a contribution even for a part of that time, that would help.”

The broad activity areas needed within the group are developing content, community engagement and project management and team building skills.

If you have enthusiasm and you can contribute some of these skills then the group would be very interested to hear from you. Email Jon Duke at jonduke@btinternet.com