The Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Plan – Update
This month the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been spending its time preparing for the two drop-in sessions and then considering and analysing the information and feedback that was collected. Thank you to all of those of you who came along. The members of the Steering Group all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet up and speak to those attending and to hear their views on the future of our Parish, and on many other issues.
The drop-in sessions in action.
The drop-in sessions were an opportunity to get the conversation going about the Neighbourhood Plan. The next steps will be to take the views and feedback received and incorporate the emerging themes into the more formal questionnaire that will be circulated in the coming months. There is still plenty of time to have your say as part of the consultation process.
One thing that did emerge as an early concern was that there is clearly an issue around keeping people informed about what’s going on. The “Nextdoor” service, a local electronic notice board app for villages and neighbourhoods, may be a quick way to address this. It is already in use in Lyneham, Bradenstoke, Wootton Bassett, and Yatesbury where it seems to work quite well. The Steering Group will use the service as another way to keep in touch by posting any news on the Neighbourhood Plan and anything else from the Parish Council that you might find useful. Anyone else who lives in the Parish can post notices there too. You can download it to your phone from the Apple App Store or the Android Google Play store or, if you don’t have a smart phone, sign up on the web here: https://nextdoor.co.uk/. Please tell others!
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