TOWN councillors have given the green light for the Neighbourhood Plan surveys to be given out to residents.
Uttoxeter people will be given the opportunity to have their say on housing, jobs, the environment and community services as part of its first Neighbourhood Plan, following the approval by town councillors.
Residents will be asked whether Uttoxeter requires a Neighbourhood Plan and if so, what the plan should prioritise.
The survey requires as many local residents as possible to give their feedback on what the priorities should be for Uttoxeter for the future.
The survey will aim to gauge opinion on housing needs, jobs and the local economy, environmental protection, the improvement of community services and creating a sustainable community.
The Neighbourhood Plan could be absorbed into the borough ‘local plan’, which will see nearly 12,000 homes built in East Staffordshire by 2031.
The plan will take into account community ideas to improve facilities, housing, employment, heritage and transport, and opinions will be collated from the results of the survey.
Focus groups were also suggested for consideration by members of the town council to get a full range of feedback on the plan from town residents.
It is thought that, with the Neighbourhood Plan in place, the town council will be able to influence decisions on the planning applications for town developments far more easily.
Local people will be able to influence where new houses will be built, and determine the numbers and types of new housing that are needed.
The plan will also identify services where Uttoxeter people think improvements are needed.
A town council spokesman said: “Firstly, people in Uttoxeter will be asked to approve the final draft in a referendum.
“Then our plan needs to be accepted on to bigger local development plan to give the people of Uttoxeter a much bigger say in local planning.”
The surveys are set to be posted to each home in town in the near future to give everyone an opportunity to provide their feedback.
A council spokesman said: “We know Uttoxeter provides employment for many people, but many residents commute to work outside the parish.
“Through the plan, we have an opportunity to help Uttoxeter remain a place where people can live and work.
“We need to understand the possible demand for local jobs and in what way residents think the economy should grow.
“The Neighbourhood Plan is required by national planning policy to help achieve sustainable development.
“What is the public vision for what the parish should be like in 2013?
“We could consider encouraging renewable energy schemes, allocating more land for local food production or better public transport facilities.
“Should we, and how can we, help local businesses start up, grow and provide a wider range of employment opportunities for people in the parish?
“We need to understand the possible demand for local jobs and to understand views about whether the local economy should grow, in what way and what barriers may need to be overcome.
“It is an opportunity for Uttoxeter residents to tell us what you think.”