COMMUNITY leaders in a village where it has been claimed a series of housing developments being approved has eroded its identity are urging residents to voice their views.

Middleton St George Parish Council said its Neighbourhood Plan would help guide development to 2036 and draft proposals highlighted the importance of protecting the heritage and environment of the area and remaining a separate village.

The plan aims to aid quality of life, community wellbeing, the local economy and connectivity and features policies stating where development should be located, the environment protected, affordable housing provided and community services and facilities enhanced.

It also identifies 26 sites as open spaces that should be protected.

The parish council is inviting residents to voice their views on the draft proposals before submitting it for independent examination.

A leaflet summarising the proposals is being sent to all residents, who have until November 23 to lodge their comments.

If the plan passes examination, it will be subject to a referendum where residents will be able to vote on it.

For details, visit or email the parish council on