East Keswick is working hard to produce a Neighbourhood Plan which will outline the type of village we would all like to see it become over the next few decades. It concerns the whole of the area within the Parish boundaries from the homes on edge of Collingham to the border with Harewood, from the River Wharfe to Keswick Beck. The concept for Neighbourhood Plans was laid out in The Localism Act 2011. This empowers a local properly constituted community body - in our case the East Keswick Parish Council - to engage the community in how it would like to see the village evolve, and then to put the plan to a referendum. Should that be endorsed by the majority voting it then has legal weight in affecting future planning decisions.
A busy steering group has been hard at work. Our public exhibition and consultation held over two days at East Keswick Village Hall in Autumn 2013 produced a great deal of interest and the valuable contributions from hundreds of villagers who attended. Since then, an external consultant has been helping us shape the findings into a draft plan. We've held a number of other public consultations and a summary draft plan was delivered to every home.
You can see or download the latest version of the East Keswick Neighbourhood Plan by clicking below
Members of the Neighbourhood Plan Group manned a stand at the Village Hall (foyer) on EU Referendum Day Thursday 23 June 2016. This consultation was valuable, and the draft plan was amended accordingly before being submitted to Leeds City Council for their comments. At the present time we are coming to the end of a long - but valuable - series of interactions with the council and the Neighbourhood Plan will be a much stronger and robust document as a result.
The comments back from Leeds City Council were constructive and invaluable. At the moment the draft plan is nearing the end of heavy revisions. The next stage is we will need to ask for your feedback again. When the next draft is ready, we'll post it on this website and alert everyone through the village newsletter and the news page of this website. We'll post an online questionnaire for your comments.
Once we've taken onboard those comments, we shall submit again to Leeds and then we'll be ready to go to referendum