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Fundamental Neighbourhood Plan Report published

CLOSED Parish Council Chairman's Blog

Author: John Downe

Published: Friday, 3rd August 2012

 I know it isn't the most attention grabbing title but the "Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report" (see link below) is an extremely important document in the formation of the Neighbourhood Plan for West Hoathly Parish.

This draft version was approved at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 30th July and has now gone out for consultation with various bodies such as the High Weald AONB and English Heritage as well as Mid-Sussex District Council.

The report describes the Parish as it exists today including aspects such as our settlements, the roads, the landscape and its history. However, the most important part are Sections 6 & 7 which set out the Parish's Sustainability Objectives. In plain english these set the criteria by which potential policies of the Neighbourhood Plan can be assessed as to whether they enhance or detract from the Parish's long-term sustainability goals. In other words would a policy help with issues such as through traffic volume and speed or maintaining an adequate school roll, or protecting the surrounding countryside.

I strongly urge you to look at the document and make any comments either directly on here or by email or post to the Parish Clerk - preferably by mid September.

If you have any questions about the document or the Neighbourhood Plan project I would be happy to address them here or by email (john@BurstowCottage.co.uk) or telephone (01444 892065 ).

NB West Hoathly Parish Council's decisions and other minutes of the Parish Council which are recorded in the Clerk's minutes of the statutory meetings of the Council are the complete and formal record. This article is intended to give an informal narrative for residents of what has been happening in your Parish Council.
Click here to open the Parish Council Document Library...


3 Aug 2012
Resident of Highbrook

1. The reference to an oast house in Highbrook should be a reference to a smokery (shouldn't it?).


3 Aug 2012
Friend of the Parish

I think opinions vary on this - perhaps we should put "smokery / oast house".


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