COVOID 19 - Neighbourhood Plan  16th April 2020  Emberton Neighbourhood Plan Article 14 - Consultation cessation  In these unprecedented times, Emberton Parish Council, under the guidance of the neighbourhood planning team at Milton Keynes Council, has taken the decision to halt consultation on Article 14 of the Neighbourhood Plan. This is to allow the consultation process to be restarted.  The democratic implementation of a neighbourhood plan by the residents of Emberton parish provides a method to ensure that new developments meet the wishes of the village and addresses wider issues like affordable housing. Without a village plan it will be very difficult for residents and the parish council to resist future developments as MKC move to meet their housing targets.  There have been some resignations from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and it is anticipated that a new committee will be formed to take this consultation forward. Please let Karen Goss, the Parish Clerk, know if you are interested in joining the Steering Group.  Residents will have the opportunity of attending the public open meetings that will be re-scheduled and will be able to have the opportunity of submitting comments. The date of the open meetings and the end date of the renewed consultation will be advertised when they are known.   Emberton Neighbourhood Plan – WHY?  UK Government Housing Policy – UK Government recognises that the housing market is broken with many young people and families no longer able to get on the housing ladder Therefore, construction of new housing needs to be accelerated and expanded. Milton Keynes is identified as an area for expansion with a requirement for an additional 86,000 houses over the next 30 years (2700 new homes per year).  Milton Keynes Council Implementation – MKC is seeking to meet this target through its 2050 regeneration strategy which includes development in the Rural North East Area.  Emberton Housing needs Assessment - The housing needs assessment conducted in 2019 has identified an Emberton need for an additional 41 house by 2030.  How to ensure Emberton has Low Cost Housing for young Families - Currently Emberton has no requirement for Affordable/low cost housing which means the village has difficulty in attracting young families to live here and has impacted facilities like the School and Playing field use.  Neighbourhood Plan – The democratic implementation of a neighbourhood plan by the residents of Emberton parish provides a method to ensure that new developments meet the wishes of the village and addresses wider issues like affordable housing. Without a village plan it will be very difficult for residents and the parish council to resist future developments as MKC move to meet their housing targets.  Residents will be receiving a copy of the plan and a questionnaire week ending 15th March.  The Parish of Emberton Was Originally Made Up of Three Villages - Petsoe, Ekeney and Emberton.  

The village name is an Old English word meaning Eanbeorht's Farm. 
 
At the heart of the village is the Clock Tower and although there are no shops in the village, there is a village pub and restaurant called the Bell and Bear on the site of the old Bell Inn. 
 
From the 2011 census we have 720 residents in the village and we think it's a lovely place to live...we hope that you do too. 
 
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