Update on the Long Term Planning Group’s work to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Plan has been introduced by the Localism Act (2012) and is a way for the members of the Parish of St Mary Bourne decide on the future of their Parish. When finalised there will be a referendum where more than 50% of those voting must be in favour in order for it to succeed.
The Plan is now registered as “The Neighbourhood Plan for St Mary Bourne Parish” and a grant has been received from the Community Development Foundation to complete the work.
It is so important for everyone to put forward their views now whilst the Long Term Planning Group is preparing the Plan. The elements that are being covered are Housing, Environment, Village Facilities, Facilities for the Young and Old. See the Group’s blog on http://smbp2027.blogspot.co.uk/ where you can leave comments. There have already been two very successful open consultation meetings (April 2102 and November 2012), from which views and suggestions have been taken up by the Group.
In the meantime the Long Term Planning Group continues its work intending to set down planning guidelines for the next 15 years. The work has been, unfortunately, somewhat slowed down by the unexpected delay in the proposed Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council’s overall Local Plan. (See BDBC Pre-Submission Local Plan Consultation on this website).
There remain two elements to be completed, a Landscape Assessment and a Housing Survey, both of which are possible thanks to the grant from The Community Development Fund.
The Housing Survey is a critical component of the Plan, as it will help to define the needs within the community for housing and its types. The survey is being distributed to all houses within the Parish during the week of 21 October 2013. The questionnaire, it is hoped, will provide valuable evidence as to the type of future housing requirement there is in the Parish. It can be completed on-line or as a paper questionnaire. The deadline for returns is Friday 15 November 2013.
Once these two elements have been completed, the Group will be holding a further consultation meeting in February 2014 for residents of the Parish to comment on the next draft of the Plan.
The timescale for the Long Term Planning Group’s work now looks like this
Mid November Complete Housing Survey and Landscape Assessment
Nov and Dec Pull together draft Plan
Feb 2014 Final consultation in Village Hall
March 2014 Incorporate comments from consultation into the draft plan
April 2014 Finalise Plan with all graphics for printing and circulation to the Parish
May 2014 Printed copies of plan to all households
June 2014 Incorporate comments from consultation to Plan
July 2014 Plan to assessor
September 2014 Referendum