An overarching Vision for the Neighbourhood Plan has been developed though research and consultation with local residents.
The Vision leads to a set of Objectives from which a set of Planning Policies will, in turn, emerge.
The original draft Vision and Objectives were based on feedback from our community consultation in September 2015. The wording was then refined in light of the response to the Neighbourhood Plan Survey held in 2016 and will be kept under review up to and including the official 6 week Pre-submission Consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan.
Let us know your views on the draft Vision and Objectives using the Comment box below or send us an email.
A draft for discussion
Our vision is…
A creative group of mixed communities fostering wellbeing, safety and opportunities for all ages through sustainable future use of land and development whilst preserving the proportions and strengths of settlement patterns and landscapes, and seeking the careful interweaving of existing, historic and new elements.
1. To protect the character of the landscape and conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which provides the setting for houses at Goat Lees, the village of Boughton Lees and hamlets of Boughton Aluph and Kempes Corner.
2. To conserve and enhance the heritage of our parish, including the Boughton Lees Conservation Area.
3. To protect important open spaces within the built up areas of the parish.
4. To protect distinctive, locally valued views.
5. To ensure high quality design in all forms of development which responds to the distinctive landscape, heritage and character of the parish.
6. To ensure that future development at Eureka Park maintains the parkland setting and successfully integrates business and residential development.
7. To assimilate development of a scale which protects the character of the landscape and conserves and enhances the natural beauty of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty whilst ensuring sufficient infrastructure and local services to serve the needs of parish residents, including new provision in association with new development.
8. To enable local people to stay in or return to the parish by ensuring a supply and mix of housing which meets local need, including smaller homes and affordable housing.
Leisure & Well-being
9. To promote well-being and healthy living.
10. To protect and enhance recreation open space and community halls.
11. To protect and, where possible, to grow the network of footpaths and cycle paths serving the parish.
12. To support business development in our parish of a scale which protects the character of the landscape and conserves and enhances the natural beauty of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where it will provide high quality job opportunities and sufficient infrastructure to serve the new development.
13. To support agricultural and woodland management as primary activities to further a vibrant rural economy and help preserve the diverse wildlife and scenic beauty of the parish.