The Neighbourhood Plan

Photograph reproduced by kind premission ©Ed Rudler 'Winter Walk'


The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been focused on finalising the questionnaire to help complete the information gathering exercise with the intention of having this ready for distribution in early spring. However, the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to remain home to limit contact has led to a decision to delay circulation of the questionnaire. Work on the Neighbourhood Plan will continue, and the questionnaire will be circulated at a future time when the situation has stabilised and life has returned to something closer to normality.


The Neighbourhood Plan Update


The closing date for completing the Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire has now passed and the response rate has been overwhelming. Of the 139 Questionnaires distributed online and in paper form, just over 100 were completed and returned. This is a response rate of over 70%, which is both impressive and will ensure that the results really are representative of the views of those of us who live in, work or are otherwise connected to our Parish.  


The Steering Group would like to thank everybody who took the time to respond to the Questionnaire, and to Rev. Rachma Abbott for kindly allowing the Rectory to serve as the return address. 


The work does not stop here. The Steering Group is progressing plans to appoint an external consultant to help support the development of the Neighbourhood Plan over the coming stages. The Steering Group has also begun the task of analysing the Questionnaire responses to identify issues and themes and will look to announce an outline of these, most likely in the early stages of the new year.  With the help of the consultant, the Steering Group will determine the next steps in the development of the Neighbourhood Plan which will involve opportunities for future engagement. This is an ongoing process and we really want to hear your views and to ensure your voice is heard on things that matter to you we develop the Neighbourhood Plan,


You can find more details about the Neighbourhood Plan and the process to develop it here:


Please look out for more information on the Neighbourhood Plan in future newsletters, on the parish website and on Nextdoor ( 

The volunteer members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are: Chris Thompson, Ed Rudler, John Hughes, Marian Kent, Nick Kirton, Peter Gantlett, and Tony Currivan (Chair). You can contact the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group via the Parish Council – 


Please look out for more information on the revised timetable for circulation of the questionnaire in future newsletters, on the parish website, newsletter and on Nextdoor ( 





                                    The Housing Needs Survey Results

           One of the responses we’ve had whilst out knocking on doors has been “I thought we did that last year?”. This was the Housing Needs Survey which asked residents about their housing needs and sought their views regarding their acceptance of new housing provision in the parish to meet Affordable Housing needs. The results of that survey have only recently been collated and will be made available at the drop-in sessions and on the Parish website.

There were 61 replies to the survey which is a response rate of about 43%.  Additionally there were 9 replies to Part 2 of the survey that concerned Affordable Housing needs. About three-quarters of those responding supported some development in the Parish, the majority of those favouring development limited to between 4 and 10 new dwellings. Four of the responses express Affordable Housing needs.



                                                 Affordable Housing

         It’s worth noting that Affordable Housing does not simply mean housing that is affordable. It has a specific meaning which is set out in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework. Very broadly, it means housing for sale or rent for those whose needs are not met by the open housing market which meet certain criteria set down by law. The different forms of Affordable Housing all have in common restrictions to ensure that they remain Affordable Housing for future tenants or owner-occupiers.

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