The Neighbourhood Plan

 

The Neighbourhood Plan – Update 

   

      The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group’s work continues apace but the most notable development this month has been Wiltshire County Council’s announcement of its plan to build over 1,000 ‘affordable homes’ across the county. This plan has a bearing on our parish and on the development of our Neighbourhood Plan.

 

    The Council’s early stage plan is to build up to ten houses on the field that lies adjacent to the crossroads in Bushton (just up from the Trotting Horse, as was). This land is part of Bishop’s Farm which is owned by the Council. The Council plans to build on land it already owns to keep its costs to a minimum. This proposal was outlined at the recent Parish Council Meeting by an official from the Council’s housing team. The meeting in the Village Hall was well attended by members of the parish who raised a number of questions. There are few further details available at this stage as was apparent from the meeting. There is no specific design or layout agreed for the affordable housing in Bushton (indeed, it appears that the choice of the site at Bishop’s Farm is not set in stone) and the Council  currently identifies the need for five affordable houses in or near the parish. The Council will also need to secure planning permission and at present doesn’t intend to submit its application until some time in the new year. The Council’s plan presents an interesting development for the Steering Group and presses home the need to progress with the Neighbourhood Plan to ensure the parish’s views are properly recorded, and where possible are brought to bear on the Council’s plan.

 

    One important message from the Councils announcement is that if you are in need of affordable housing and have connections with the Parish  (for example you work here, you live here and need to change houses for a good reason, or you have family connections here} then you should register on the Homes4Wiltshire list (www.homes4wiltshire.co.uk).  Registering will help the Council demonstrate need (making it more likely the Council will build them) and if they are built, you are more likely to be allocated one.  

 

   In the new year, the Steering Group will be sending a questionnaire about this and other issues to all homes in the parish. Please do take the time to respond with your views.  The path to adopting a Neighbourhood Plan that best reflects the views and aspirations of our community does need your support and input.

 

Please watch out for updates in the newsletter and on Nextdoor (https://nextdoor.co.uk/)

The volunteer members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are: Alan Glasspool, Chris Rickett, Chris Thompson, Ed Rudler, Guy Rickett, Marian Kent, Nick Kirton, Peter Gantlett, Rosemary Greenway and Tony Currivan. You can contact the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group via the Parish Council – clyffepypardpc@hotmail.com

 

              What can a Neighbourhood Plan do?

  • influence planning permission decisions
  • Identify realistic community aspirations
  • Say what issues we care about e.g. speeding, affordable homes, biodiversity, light pollution, recreation areas or other things you may want to highlight
  • Earmark acceptable locations for possible development or protection
  • Help to protect the things we care about e.g. church, pub, rural environment, village hall

 

Who is producing it?

A group of volunteers who live in this parish working on behalf of the Parish Council.  They are: Alan Glasspool, Chris Rickett, Chris Thompson, Ed Rudler, Guy Rickett, Marian Kent, Nick Kirton, Peter Gantlett, Rosemary Greenway and Tony Currivan.

 

Where can I get more information?

Speak to a group member – we’d love to hear from you.

Look out for articles in the parish newsletter

Check out the parish website 

 

contact the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group via the Parish Council – clyffepypardpc@hotmail.com.                                  

    

     If you wish to know more you can contact the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group via the Parish Council – clyffepypardpc@hotmail.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.

 

                                     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.

The volunteer members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are: Alan Glasspool, Chris Rickett, Chris Thompson, Ed Rudler, Guy Rickett, Marian Kent, Nick Kirton, Peter Gantlett, Rosemary Greenway and Tony Currivan. You can contact the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group via the Parish Council – clyffepypardpc@hotmail.com

 

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