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Parish Planning Policies are ALL our business!

CLOSED Parish Council Chairman's Blog

Author: John Downe

Published: Friday, 2nd November 2012

In the Parish Neighbourhood Plan project we are currently deciding the policies we need to protect, enhance and develop our local area for the next 20 years.

The policies we make will become part of the planning permission rules for what developments can legally be carried out in our Parish.

For example,

  • where, and what type of housing developments can be built
  • should there be a local gap between West Hoathly and Sharpthorne?
  • what should the future of areas such as Finche field be?
  • how should the conservation areas in Highbrook and West Hoathly change?
  • whether street lighting should be introduced to facilitate further traffic calming measures
  • how should our surrounding countryside and footpaths be treated?

Since the project started in February just 30 residents have made valuable contributions to the workshops and focus groups and 241 responses to the survey in April were received - but that means that more than 75% of the 2000 parish residents haven't yet made their views known and I'm sure most of you do care deeply about the above examples and other policy areas we need to decide upon.

We have another 3 workshops during November on the 8th and 29th (at Sharpthorne Church Hall) and on 21st in West Hoathly Village Hall, all at 8pm, and it would be excellent to have more people there - see details in the Hoathly Hub Calendar.

I would be interested in your comments - how can we encourage more community involvement in this important project? Do you think this is not really relevant to you? Are there past planning decisions you think have had a bad effect on our environment which we could avoid in future?

Please Speak Out NOW!

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.
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2 Nov 2012
Resident of Selsfield

1. Well 'spoken out'. I do hope that more people get involved in shaping the plans for the future. I'm afraid we tend to complain when things happen tha... [please sign-in to read more]


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