To and fro!

Because we were delayed by Covid amongst other things, we did not finish the tasks that were required in the last financial year. This means that we have had to return the unspent part of last year’s grant money. However, we are finalising the policy document and we are able to apply again for what we need to achieve in this financial year (which should finish the process).

Very soon, a summary document will be posted to every house in the 3 parishes with which will be a comment sheet so that you can give us your feedback. This then drives the final version which will be voted on at a referendum. If this passes, it is then sent for examination before becoming planning policy. So we are nearly there, just the last couple of hurdles to go.

Nearly there!

The draft neighbourhood plan is almost finished. The steering group’s next meeting is on Wednesday 6th April, at which hopefully we will agree the final format ready to be published so that everyone can have a look and make any comments before we move onto the final stage. We really need as many comments on the consultation as possible, as this is not our document, it is yours. It has been created by using all the comments from the parish meetings, questionnaires etc. This will affect any planning requests going forward, meaning that this is a document that will be used at Parish level to base decisions on.

The way forward

At the steering group meeting a couple of days ago, the rest of the Neighbourhood Plan process was discussed, along with the grant and how that affects the budget. We are now in the process of evidence gathering by aPt, which combines all the evidence that we have gathered so far from online data, survey responses, village hall meetings etc. This will give us a way to start the process of writing the plan. We now seem to have lost SRCC’s involvement in this process, so discussions were had over what can be done by the steering group and what might need further consultant help.

Next Steps

Having had a first pass at categorising the comments that were added to the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire, we are now moving onto the next stage which will be to prepare the draft plan. This will involve gathering all the evidence, answers and comments from all stages of the process and turning it into a set of policies to be approved.

Prizes drawn

We had the first Steering Group meeting of 2021 last night, and as a part of that we drew the 3 prizes (one per parish) from the survey responses. The winners will be notified in due course. We now move on to phase 2 of the Neighbourhood Plan, which is to turn all the information we have gathered over the last couple of years into policies to be applied across the parishes.

Draft survey results

We now have the first draft of the survey results. Too early for general distribution yet, but the steering group will be looking at this over Christmas and the New Year and considering how this will affect policies.

Have a brilliant Christmas despite the restrictions and a prosperous, virus-free New Year from all of us in the Steering Group.