Members needed for group to help shape the future of Irthlingborough

Irthlingborough town centre

Irthlingborough town centre

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Residents are being urged to come forward if they want to be part of a group which will play a role in the future of their town.

Irthlingborough Town Council is looking for people who live in the town to join a steering group which will play a key part in drawing up its Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The plan is designed to give direct powers to the people who live there to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of Irthlingborough.

It will look at identifying local issues, housing needs, local green spaces, identifying designated heritage assets, as well as looking at issues including infrastructure capacity, schools, healthcare and highways, employment, leisure and sports.

The group will also have to prepare public consultations and stakeholder events.

A statement on the town council website says: “Irthlingborough Town Council is looking for members who are residents of Irthlingborough to join a steering group for the purpose of designing, implementing and overseeing a Neighbourhood Development Plan to 2031 alongside a consultant appointed by the town council.

“This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to Irthlingborough’s Neighbourhood Plan which gives the community direct powers to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.”

The town council is looking for people who have local knowledge or skills that would benefit the steering group and can offer a long-term commitment of about 18 months.

They would also like to hear from anyone who has a business in Irthlingborough.

The group is due to meet bi-monthly.

Anyone interested in getting involved can send details of the skills they can offer to the town council clerk, Mrs A Daly, at Irthlingborough Town Council, Station Road, Irthlingborough, NN9 5SN.

For further information send an email to admin@irthlingborough.tc.gov.uk or call 01933 650866.

The deadline for applications is October 14.

Neighbourhood planning, including Neighbourhood Development Plans, is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011.