A Government minister has paid a visit to a Preston neighbourhood to learn about the aspirations and challenges of the Inner East Preston Neighbourhood Plan.
Minister for Communities, Stephen Williams MP, met with members of the Friends of Fishwick and St Matthew’s at the Samuel Street YMCA ahead of a tour of the area following the completion of the first phase of formal consultation.
Councillor John Swindells Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulation said: ““This work is a fantastic initiative as it aims to improve the image and reputation of Fishwick and St Matthews and make Inner East Preston a better, safer, cleaner and healthier place for everyone to live and work in.”
The Inner East Preston Neighbourhood Plan is based on the views of residents collected over the past 18 months.
Mr Williams, who praisec the initiative, said: “Congratulations to Inner East Preston in producing a neighbourhood plan that has received glowing endorsements from the public.
“The plan demonstrates how neighbourhood planning is giving power back to people to have their say and shape development in their local area.”
Chair of the Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews, John Rochford said: “We have collected the views of hundreds of people who live and work in Fishwick and St Matthews and produced a plan that reflects their feelings about the place they live,
“The neighbourhood plan will protect existing green space and encourage its improvement as well as listing community facilities and recommending their retention and development.
“We have a policy that prevents too many local shops being lost to other uses.
Mr Rochford added: “We hope to encourage more employment in the area, especially small to medium sized local enterprises.
“The whole plan is designed to allow development that will improve the appearance of our community and lift the quality of life, while protecting what local people value already.”