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 April 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 are being 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 in May.
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.