Residents in Burntwood will be able to get a bigger say on the future of their town if a new neighbourhood plan is adopted, a local councillor has claimed.
An update on the progress of the project was given at a meeting of Burntwood Town Council’s planning and development committee last week.
Cllr Steve Norman, chairman of the neighbourhood plan task and finish group, said progress was being made.
“Once the neighbourhood plan has been formally agreed by the town council next month, Lichfield District Council will be responsible for arranging a six week consultation exercise,” he said.
“An independent inspector will then examine the plan along with any comments made by the public. If that goes well there will be a referendum and if supported Burntwood residents will, in effect, have a greater say in planning issues for the town.”
The new planning and development committee also saw a new highways initiative introduced by Cllr Rob Birch.
He explained that the new process will put the onus on councillors to engage with residents, surveying and identifying areas of the town that need improvement.
The survey results will then be collated and areas needing improvement will be prioritised, with the council working with Staffordshire County Council and landowners to bring about required improvements.
Cllr Birch, who is also chairing the new committee, said: “I hope that all councillors will get behind the plans and work together in the spirit of a new and more progressive town council to deliver a better Burntwood over the coming years.”