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Village meeting May 2017



On 24 May the Neighbourhood Plan Team held a meeting at the School to report back on progress with the plan and provide an opportunity for residents to contribute to the development of the plan and emerging policies. Over 40 people attended. Members of the Steering Group gave presentations on progress with the plan, the outcome of the consultation (see Stage 2 feedback) held at the end of November, and set out possible options for the future strategy of the plan.


It was emphasised that decisions on the plan and policies should emerge from the views of people in the village. The key findings of the latest consultation were set out and would provide a sound evidence base for the development of the plan. The Group responded to points raised from the floor and provided more detailed numerical evidence where it was available.


The information on what amenities were needed was discussed and how the development strategy might be able to achieve delivery or funding. As a guide, details of what had been delivered from the Gatekeeper development were considered. It was agreed that further specialist advice would need to be commissioned to support the case for the amount of community developments which could be achieved and how it would impact on the viability of development.


Whilst there was a strong desire for no green belt development it was agreed that the development of the available brownfield sites would be likely to achieve only around 20 units. It was agreed that there would be a need for limited greenbelt development. It is proposed that a greenbelt assessment would need to be commissioned to consider the appropriateness of development in the greenbelt.


A schedule of possible areas for policy development was discussed and would be given further consideration by the Steering Group. There was overall support for the work carried out so far by the Neighbourhood Plan Group and further guidance was given on how the future strategy could develop. It was agreed that a further meeting would be arranged once the outcome of the technical work and specialist advice had been received.

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