Neighbourhood Plan update 08.10.19 - the NP questionnaire return rate was just over 58.5% which is a fantastic response but this did mean it has taken the whole summer to input the data… this is now complete for the main part, we are just finishing off adding the last few comments on the photo study.
We have a useful range of comments from all respondents - this data will shape our Neighbourhood Plan. A good evidence base and a very successful move forward in the Plan's development.
NP Meeting minutes:
Present, Charlie, Helen, Mike, John, Paul, Nev, Steve, Gareth, apologies Ann and Roy.
De-brief on the Planning Committee Meeting (obviously a major recent event), as several present attended the meeting, it was commented that the Committee would have preferred to have had a further developed NP to have to consider. This is also our aim!
Other comments on this:
Landex possibly behind Wheatfields proposal.
Will either applicant appeal? or both... we will have to wait and see...
Votes were weighted against them both - NR unanimous and only 1 pro Wheatfields (and concerned they are linked to a kitchen company who supplies housing developers...).
Re the completed questionnaires, we discussed a range of answers eg Open spaces, Trees and Govt Schemes. The road is significant esp NR end (also seen surveying along the Wheatfields frontage in last few days) but our NP cannot influence the road, only in the context of how it affects development etc.
We went over again why we’re not allocating sites - just too small a community here, so would be divisive.
On our location and surrounding fields it was commented our village has been shaped by farming.
So moving forwards with the Plan - we want get a draft together before the end of the year - group thinking is to ask Andrea to draft something? She is best placed to do so accurately and quickly with reference to her knowledge of Policies and the planning framework etc.
Following a Parish Council meeting in July 2018, it was agreed to produce a neighbourhood plan. The neighbourhood area was decided and this was submitted to and accepted by Babergh District Council 16.12.18
Over the next couple of months villagers were invited to form a Working group to prepare the plan.
We have set up a Working Group, made up of over 20 residents of a range of ages from all over the village and from this defined a smaller Steering Group of 10. Having had five meetings to date, including one with Babergh to learn about the process and one with the Chair from a neighbouring village to talk of their experiences and advise us. The community of Whatfield understands the necessity of development so is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan to support properly controlled development within our village.
A Community Consultation event is being prepared, to take place early 2019, the whole village will be invited and can find out our progress so far, how we are going about producing the Plan and how they will be involved.
Mission Statement and Declarations of interest to follow
On Friday 7th June 2019 our Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire was launched to the village at Whatfield Village Hall with good attendance by residents.
Completed documents were collected 24.0
6.19 and the data from the completed documents is being inputted and analysed. We had a very good return in excess of 50%, but this does mean it is taking longer than anticipated to complete this stage.