Carnforth Council approach final stages of carbon neutral Neighbourhood Plan

AMBITIOUS plans will soon be revealed that will make Carnforth’s neighbourhood plan into the UK’s first carbon neutral scheme.

Since mid-201, the council has worked with groups, residents, and businesses toward the development of the plans vision and objectives.

Carnforth Town Council have just been awarded the final funding needed to take the plans forward, making a total of £18,000 to develop a plan that will support sustainable development that reflects the distinct local character of the town and delivers cohesive, sustainable transport links that will help reduce air pollution and support active and healthy communities.

Technical support has helped to gather evidence to support the plan and provide expert advice on housing needs and design codes that will apply to any new development to ensure that they support and enhance the quality of Carnforth’s existing character and heritage.

The draft plan has also sought to understand the views of the local community on the suitability of social and technological innovations to decarbonise transport in Carnforth.

This work makes the draft neighbourhood plan one of the first in the country to be Carbon Neutral.

Residents, local businesses, neighbouring town and parish councils and statutory bodies will be consulted over a six-week period between July 26 and September 5.

Speaking on behalf of the working group and the Town Council, Bob Bailey, Proper Officer said “The neighbourhood plan is paramount to the future of the town and community engagement is essential to its success.

“The consultation will include leaflets setting out the main aims and focus of the plan and its policies, printed copies of the plan and details posted on social media and the Town Council’s website.

“There will also be opportunities for people to attend informal drop-in’s where they will be able to ask questions and discuss the plan on a one-to-one basis.

“I encourage the Carnforth community to have their say on how the town develops for decades to come.”

The Westmorland Gazette | North Lancs