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Neighbourhood Plan Update

CLOSED Parish Council Chairman's Blog

Author: John Downe

Published: Friday, 5th July 2013

The project to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for West Hoathly Parish has reached an important stage.

In June the local consultation period ended after a period of 6 weeks. The consultation concerned the draft Plan document which was mailed to all households in April.

Of the 125 residents, and in some cases couples, who submitted comments, 62 (49%) indicated that overall they supported the draft Plan as it stands, 36 (28%) indicated they mostly supported it, 2 (2%) mildly opposed it, 19 (15%) strongly opposed it and 7 (5%) had no overall opinion.

On Saturday 22nd June about 40 residents came to a meeting to consider some of the consultation feedback and comments (all the materials used at the meeting are available on the Hub).

The topic that received the most opposition (but also a lot of support) was the policy for a new homes site (WHP13). A 220+ signature petition calling for the rejection of this policy (petitioners included some who were consultation respondents too) was also submitted. Another public Open Workshop has been arranged to consider this policy further on Saturday 27th July (see Hub calendar for details).

Having a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish would confer a number of advantages on the area; the current phase of the project is intended to refine the Plan's contents in such a way that at a Parish referendum in some months time it would be more likely to receive a majority vote in favour of the Plan.

With a referendum-approved Plan Our Plan would form a key part of the Mid Sussex Planning control which determines what development can and cannot take place here. Having a Neighbourhood Plan would mean that the locations and types of development WE want would be permitted but unwanted/unsuitable ones would not.

With a Neighbourhood Plan the parish gains control of 25% of the "Infrastructure Levy" which will be raised by MSDC from most new developments. WE can decide how these funds are used - for example on road safety and traffic calming measures. As an indication, a new dwelling with a floor area of 100 square metres would provide the parish with £5,250 to use but without a Plan in place this would reduce to £3,150.

With the demand for more affordable homes in the parish, the other advantage of having a Plan is that half of all new affordable homes constructed would ALWAYS be prioritised to people with local connections whereas without a plan NONE would be (after the initial tenant).

If you have any questions about the West Hoathly Neighbourhood Plan, please add them to this Speak Out.

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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16 Jan 2014
2:12pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

10. we have just been looking at all of the sites for housing in sharpthorne well once again station road will have to take all of the traffic to and from... [please sign-in to read more]

 

16 Jan 2014
4:56pm
Friend of the Parish

Just to point out that there is still more information to come on the sites and that in the week of 3rd Feb there will be ample opportunities to find ... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:51pm
Resident of Selsfield

9. As the proposed building is within 7km from Ashdown Forest what alternative site will be used as a Suitable Alternative Natural Green space? [questio... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:52pm
Friend of the Parish

In fact all of West Hoathly parish is within the 7km "zone of significant impact" of the Ashdown Forest. Mid Sussex District Council have recently com... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:49pm
Resident of Selsfield

8. Have WSCC Highways been consulted about access to the proposed development from Top Road? [question received by post]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:50pm
Friend of the Parish

As part of the draft Plan consultation process our WSCC primary interface contact was included in the consultation distribution but we have received n... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:47pm
Resident of Selsfield

7. What would be the cost of the proposed road improvements to the C319? [question received by post]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:48pm
Friend of the Parish

At this stage no costed road improvements have been proposed but policy WHP9 sets out that any Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds due to the pa... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:45pm
Resident of Selsfield

6. Bearing in mind the advice of Phil Turner that it is entirely possible for a Neighbourhood Plan to identify sites for development even though the owne... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:47pm
Friend of the Parish

You have seen, and the details are all on the link above, ALL of the identified potential sites we and MSDC know about in our parish. Given the opinio... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:44pm
Resident of Selsfield

5. Please advise what steps the PC is taking to follow up Ibstock's interest in developing its 7.5 acre site at Bluebell Wood. [question received by post... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:45pm
Friend of the Parish

As mentioned above the approach from Ibstock re Bluebell Wood was passed to Mid Sussex District Council for evaluation in June and their site assessme... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:42pm
Resident of Selsfield

4. Can you confirm that the proposed development area relates only to the northern half of the site - and that the southern half of the site would be pro... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:43pm
Friend of the Parish

It has always been the expectation that the development on the site would be on the Northern (nearest to Top Road) end and that measures would be take... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:41pm
Resident of Selsfield

3. Could you explain, with reference to the Housing Needs Survey, why the type of houses proposed for Top Road (‘an appropriate mix of housing’ - up ... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:42pm
Friend of the Parish

I think you are right that the types for WHP13 could be more specific and targeted and we will endeavour to do that in a redrafted WHP13. We cannot co... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:39pm
Resident of Selsfield

2. Could you explain, with reference to the Housing Needs Survey 2012, why 30 new homes are needed in the Parish in the next 5 years. The Housing Needs S... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:40pm
Friend of the Parish

Section 16 of the draft Plan highlighted some particular issues related to the available homes and the local housing market. There tends to be “stic... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:28pm
Resident of Selsfield

1. Could you explain the measures which the PC has taken to amend the plan for the Top Road site to take account of the 225 person petition against the d... [please sign-in to read more]

 

19 Jul 2013
12:32pm
Friend of the Parish

We have been considering all the responses to the draft Plan consultation across all the policy areas in the Plan. Included in this review has been th... [please sign-in to read more]

 

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