Residents could soon be given a greater voice with the chance to shape everything from housing developments to the use of green spaces in parts of the Advertiser district.
Eastwood Town Council and Greasley and Nuthall parish councils have submitted applications for the designation of new neighbourhood areas for each of the three communities.
If given the green light, the changes would pave the way for locals to become more involved in blueprints for future development.
Part of this could involve creating a Neighbourhood Plan, which can give communities a strong voice in the planning system because their input must be taken into consideration by Broxtowe Borough Council when determining planning applications.
Leader of Eastwood TownCouncil, Cllr David Bagshaw, believes it is important for locals to help create the Eastwood they want.
He said: “Because it is their town, they should get a say in what’s going to happen to it.
“The objectives of the plan will include addressing social exclusion, protecting the environment and economic prosperity with a prosperous town centre which is vibrant and successful.”
Councillor Milan Radulovic, leader of Broxtowe Council and portfolio holder for housing and strategic planning, said: “Helping communities to thrive is a key part of a Neighbourhood Plan and it’s important to work with our communities to try and get it right for future generations.”
Local people are invited to have their say on these proposals as part of three separate online consultations which can be found on the council’s website at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans .
The consultations will run until 5pm on Friday August 15.
Paper copies of response forms are available from the parish or town councils or at the Broxtowe Borough Council offices.
Residents can also submit their views via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.