Planning policy must be based on a proper understanding of the place it relates to, if it is to be relevant, realistic and to address local issues effectively.

It is essential that our Neighbourhood Plan is based on robust information and analysis of our local area. This is called the evidence base.

Evidence gathering

We have identified 8 topics to investigate and gather evidence in the development of our Neighbourhood Plan.

We may, through our consultation with residents, come up with other topics or discover there are cross-cutting themes that may be relevant across a range of topics.  These will be similarly examined. Please let us know if you think we have missed something by adding a Comment in the box below.

Our research will appear here on the website as we go along and will, in time, provide an evidence base to underpin our Neighbourhood Plan. For each topic, we will:

  • Research the topic compiling a set of baseline information.
  • Identify any existing issues or concerns among local residents relating to the topic.
  • Scope out what evidence is already available. For example, research or reports that may have been commissioned in the past.
  • Find out about any existing plans, strategies and programmes and their relationship to the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • Identify any gaps in the evidence base and consider whether any further research needs to be undertaken or reports commissioned.
  • Identify key players to engage in the Neighbourhood Planning process.

If you have a particular interest in one or more of these topics and would like to help us, we would love to hear from you. Email us at



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