Our Neighbourhood Plan will be based on the views of the people who live and work in our parish.

We want to hear your views. Without your input the project cannot succeed.

We will be inviting your opinions at various stages of preparing our Neighbourhood Plan leading up to a parish referendum on the final version.

Below are details of our consultation with the community to date. We will prepare a draft Neighbourhood Plan based on the feedback that you have given us. You can also tell us what you think at any time using the Comment boxes on this website.

Neighbourhood Plan survey – March/April 2016

In March-April 2016, we asked residents to fill in a Neighbourhood Plan survey. A survey form was delivered to every home and business in our parish.

We asked you to let us know how you think our community should change and grow up to 2030. You were asked to give your opinions on a set of draft objectives for our Neighbourhood Plan, developed from our earlier consultation with residents.

The survey could be completed on paper or online. Responses were anonymous. We received 482 completed questionnaires, equivalent to 46% of households in our parish. These were independently analysed by planning and regeneration consultancy, People and Places Partnership. There is a great deal of consensus in the survey results which gives us a clear direction for the Neighbourhood Plan.

Discovery – September 2015

As a starting point to preparing the Neighbourhood Plan, we held 4 informal community consultation events in September 2015 at which we asked you to consider the following questions as part of a discussion of local issues and the potential development sites in our parish.

  • what is good about our area?
  • what is bad about our area?
  • what makes our parish good to live and/or work in?
  • what pressures affect our area now or in the future?
  • what needs to change?

236 residents took part in the consultation events. Participants were asked to add their comments to our display boards. You took up the challenge and left us with 932 post-it notes. The results of the consultation can be found here:

Consultation statement

Consultation with the community is a legal prerequisite for producing the Neighbourhood Plan. Our Neighbourhood Plan will pass through a number of key consultation stages.

We have developed a Consultation and Engagement Strategy for the Neighbourhood Plan. This will enable us to produce a Consultation Statement, a statutory part of the package of information to be submitted to the Independent Examiner.

The Consultation Statement is a document which:

  • Contains the details of the persons and bodies who were consulted about the proposed Neighbourhood Plan;
  • Explains how they were consulted;
  • Summarises the main issues and concerns raised by the persons consulted; and
  • Describes how these issues and concerns have been considered and, where relevant, addressed in the Neighbourhood Plan.

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