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.
Please look out for more information on the revised timetable for circulation of the questionnaire in future newsletters, on the parish website and on Nextdoor (https://nextdoor.co.uk/).
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to know more 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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org