I’ve just been on a call with AECOM, who are due to carry out our Housing Needs Assessment. They will make recommendations to Locality, who should approve our request. At that point the assessment will begin. This is a desk-based assessment, covering published information from, amongst others, the 2001 census and the Land Registry. This process, once started should take between 2 and 4 weeks.
We have received the Historic Environment records from Shropshire Council, and these have been placed in the documents section. There are 4 documents for each Parish, the Historic Landscape Characterisation map, the HER full report, the HER spreadsheet and the HER map.
We have recently put in a request with ‘Locality’ who provide grants and technical assistance for Neighbourhood Planning. I have just been talking to their representative who has arranged a meeting with AECOM, the organisation who will be undertaking the assessment. This is a desktop assessment, using information already in the public domain, and will steer us on any future housing needs survey.
At last night’s Steering Group meeting, it was decided to apply for a grant from Locality for assessing the needs for affordable housing within the 3 parish area. We also now have all the information we need to start thinking about the public survey which will guide policy writing for the completed Neighbourhood plan, so a sub-group will be meeting soon to go over responses from the previous survey and other sources, to decide on what questions need to be in the final survey, which should also include a housing needs survey.
Well, we’ve all had our summer holidays, and we are now raring to go to get the Neighbourhood plan up and running. The next meeting is September 24th at Norton-in-Hales, so see you all there.
I have uploaded 4 new documents on the Documents page.
Historic England Designation Letter
Neighbourhood Planning and the Historic Environment
Waterway Proofing of Planning Policy
Planning for Waterways in Neighbourhood Plans
I have also added links on the Links page to:
The Canal & River Trust Planning Policy
Governmental Planning Policy
Several documents have been added to the Documents page, including the 3 parishes combined profile and the evidence review. More documents will be added as they are received.
We now have the collated survey results in from the 3 primary schools. We will be analysing these results to see what they can add to our plan going forward. Well done to those who gave up their daytime to help get these results.
Recently, the steering group went into the local primary schools to gather the pupils’ opinions on their parishes. Here are a couple of photographs, produced with the kind permission of the head teacher.
The online (and paper form) survey have been completed, and now the children at the schools have had their chance to give their opinions. Specially tailored sets of questions have been delivered on electronic ‘pod’ devices, which engaged the primary-aged children and allowed us to gather information about the (hopefully) future inhabitants of the villages. One popular response in Moreton Say was that they would like to see ‘thicker’ roads. Not sure how we go about that one…