The Neighbourhood Plan
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.
Neighbourhood Plan – update 28 February 2021
Thank you to all those who have taken such an interest in the Neighbourhood Plan and for sharing your thoughts and questions surrounding the process and work that’s been done to date and next steps.
We are aware that some of you are anxious about some of the issues raised and how these will be
handled. We want to re-assure you that we are listening and therefore wish to invite you to:
Send us your questions, either by email using the following address email@example.com or by dropping in your written questions to the Village Hall post box or steering group members. Please let us know who is raising the questions.
All questions raised will now be reviewed and answered as part of the Committee meetings moving forward. Please do ensure that any new questions reach us ahead of our meetings – the next meeting date on 16th March. Future dates will be posted on the Parish website.
Questions and answers will then be posted to the Website for wider community to access (with contact details redacted).
Join us for a virtual public meeting at 7.30pm on the 23rd March where we will discuss the Neighbourhood Plan, sharing information on the process, timeframes and next steps. This session will be split in two; a section on answering pre-collated questions plus an open question section. Again, please do send us any questions or comments you have (via the above means) by 15.03.2021. This will allow us to collate the questions and prepare responses ensuring a productive and informative session takes place.
The meeting will be held on Zoom if you would like to attend please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent the link .
The Neighbourhood Plan is all about enabling a shared vision of the parish, so thank you again for caring so much about this project, without you we cannot achieve this.
Your Neighbourhood Plan Committee
You can find more details about the Neighbourhood Plan and the process to develop it here: www.clyffepypard-bushton.com/neighbourhood-plan/
Please look out for more information on the Neighbourhood Plan in future newsletters, on the parish website and on Nextdoor (https://nextdoor.co.uk/).
The volunteer members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are: Chris Thompson, Ed Rudler, John Hughes, Gemma Greenway, Marian Kent, Nick Kirton, Peter Gantlett, and Tony Currivan (Chair). You can contact the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group via the Parish Council –email@example.com
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.
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.