Neighbourhood Plan

2017-04-25 18:11:37
Neighbourhood planning meeting

Subcommittee is meeting on Tuesday May 9 at 7:30pm at The Plough

We have set up 2 subcommittees: Policies, and Local Green Spaces.
Please spread the word that both subcommittees are in need of more participants, and the Local Green Spaces group is especially looking for people with historical knowledge of Lower Beeding to contribute information in regards to the heritage and evolution of the parish.

2017-03-22 20:12:21


LOWER BEEDING PARISH COUNCIL (LBPC)
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN WORKING PARTY (NPWP)

TUESDAY, 21ST. FEBRUARY 2017



1. The LBPC Neighbourhood Plan Leader (Councillor Geoff Peckham) stressed the importance to the Neighbourhood Plan of providing written/recorded evidence for each and every activity undertaken since this would need to be scrutinised and approved by the Government Inspector on deciding on deciding on acceptance of LB’s Plan.


2. The Site Scoring Group (SSG), reporting to the NPWP Sub-Committee, had to date met 4 times. The SSG had used feedback provided by residents at Open Meetings. It was felt that, in some ways, the feedback received has been over inclusive and it now needs to be tested and retested. The Haddenfield example, provided at the recent Horsham District Council Conference (attended by Councillor Geoff Peckham and the Parish Clerk Michael Tuckwell) was a good demonstration of how this activity should be approached.
At present, 17 sites in Lower Beeding had provisionally been scored and ranked. However, before that process was finalised, it was agreed that the NPWP should look to test all the sites against their sustainability appraisal elements rather than specific scoring and ranking. The examiners will want to see detailed descriptions of the sites before ranking assessments etc. The NPWP leader (Mrs. Leslie Bamford) stated that the group will be looking at 3-5 sites in March to test the criteria before looking at the remainder of the 17 sites.



3. Councillor Peckham advised the Meeting that, in his considered opinion, completion of LB’s Neighbourhood Plan could now take a further 2-3 years although this might be shortened since NPs can be written to cater for staggering of developments and phasing etc. Where further detail is required from sites, LB’s Consultants, Dowsett Mayhew (Laura) can direct the NPWP, SSG to appropriate websites and pointed out that, wherever possible, the SSG should try to obtain information from the public domain

rather than reverting to applicants. Laura agreed to provide the official definition of ‘affordable housing’.

4. Where instances of Conflict of Interest arise, the NPWG will treat these in a similar manner to Lower Beeding Parish Council.

5. Dowsett Mayhew (Laura) advised that, according to their Housing Needs Analysis Document, they have estimated the requiremet for Lower Beeding to be between 22-77 properties.

THE NEXT MEETING IS 11th APRIL AT 7.30pm IN CHURCH ROOM

2017-03-20 21:00:17
NEW LIST OF SITES march 2017


1 Chris Loder Cyder farm, Brighton Road (Loder Plants) {Caterways
{Market Garden

2 Cisswood Hotel Cisswood Hotel Revised plans for Housing on land to the rear of the Cisswood Hotel awaited

3 Devine Homes Sandygate lane Land west of Church Farm Development of new housing

4 Nick & Carl Illes Sandygate Lane (North/East of Cisswood Hotel) Development of new housing

5 Michael Lewis Sandygate Sandygate Lane Develoment of Land to the west of Sandygate fronting Sandygate Lane (B2115)

6 Debbie Lill Glebe Lodge, Brighton Road. Retention of existing Lodge - new additional dwelling at rear (approx.1/2 acre to rear)

7 RPR (Architects) Cedar Cottage and land behind Development of new housing to include demolition of Cedar Cottage and replacement by new dwellings and on land behind adjoining Trinity Fields.

8 Steve Mills Land South of Church Farm Cottage New Dwellings (to include suggested possible extension to church car park?)

9 Ken Eggleton Brighton Road 3 acre field Land west of/opposite the Old School Brighton Road.

10 Michael Lloyd Brighton Road Land adjoining/behind the Old School, Brighton Road.

11 Julian Slade {Land south of built up area of village (Church Close) Land south of Church Close -Possible 90 Houses and site for New School?
{Church Lane Industrial Estate Church Lane Industrial Estate- offered for housing development

12 Messrs Croxford, Murphy, Nicol & Tyler 3 Plots of land, Sandygate Lane Plots including the current houses /gardens & two fields. The Hawthorn- (2.6 Acres); Little Paddocks -(1.4 Acres) & White Gables (1 acre)

13 Gevin White Leechpond Cottage Land adjacent to Leechpond Cottage

14 Vikky and Tom Storey Land opposite Newells Farm House, Newells Lane. Proposed conversion of existing building to single Strorey, eco timber framed, building with separate garage.

15 Jennifer Ditchburn & Glenn Day, Gardeners Cottage Whole of existing plot, adjoining Trinity Fields

16 Mrs Pitchford Glayde Farm, Handcross Road/Church Lane Land also to the rear of The Vicarage/Churchyard extension/ Hillview House/ Village Pantry/Brandywell/Homelea and Bede Cottage.

17 * Gordon Tregear (South Lodge Estates) Prongers Orchard South of Village Hall -6 Afordable units

18* Gordon Tregear (South Lodge Estates) South of Crabtree Public House - Adj to Crabtree Public House and noth of Preppersgate

19* Mr & Mrs Moore East/adj of Cisswood Racing 4 Units Sandygate Lane

* Sites received post Exhibition

2017-03-20 20:31:36
The subcommittee meeting on 23rd march has been cancelled

The next neighbourhood plan working party meeting is on Tuesday 11th april at &.30pm in the church Hall

The Meeting is open to Everyone

2017-03-06 20:43:13
Neighbourhood plan meetings

Thursday March 9th Site Assessment subcommittee

Tuesday April 11th Neighborhood Plan working party meeting.

Both are in the church room at 7:30 pm and open to everyone.

2017-02-16 18:53:33
Lower Beeding Neighbourhood Plan Working Party
Meeting, Church Room, Lower Beeding at 7.30 pm

Tuesday 21st February 2107
Agenda

1. Review of HDC Neighbourhood Plan Conference 25th January.
2. Report from site scoring group.
3. Declaration of conflict of interest – what does it mean and what is required?

4. Review of the progress of the plan to date and possible timetable.
5. Housing Need Considerations Paper- Review of methodologies and agree an appropriate housing range.

6. Site Assessments- Discussion on site assessment preparation, information to be included and role of working group.

7. Neighbourhood Plan Policies and Aims- Discussion on type of policies to be included and role of Aims within the Plan.

8. AOB

2017-01-26 08:24:09
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Working Party Meeting
will be held on Tuesday 21st February
at 7.30pm
in the church room
Dale Mayhew our consultant will be in attendance to update us on the plans progress

The meeting is open to everyone

2016-12-05 19:46:53
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING GROUP

Tomorrow evening Tuesday 6th December
There is a meeting for the site Assessment sub committee of the neighbourhood plan group
In the Plough Pub at 7.30pm


2016-11-08 19:35:46
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Working party meeting
will be held on Monday 14th November
at 7.30pm
in the Church Room

Everyone welcome

2016-10-06 20:19:32
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Public Exhibition
FRIDAY 7th October between 7pm - 10pm
SATURDAY 8th October 12 (midday) - 5pm
in the church room

2016-09-01 21:46:12
LBNP
UPDATE LIST
Call for sites - August 2016

Applicant Location of site Details of proposal

Chris Loder Cyder farm, Brighton Road (Loder Plants) {Caterways
{Market Garden

Cisswood Hotel Cisswood Hotel Revised plans for Housing awaited

Nick & Carl Illes Sandygate Lane (East of Cisswood Hotel) Discussion document received

Michael Lewis Sandygate Sandygate Lane Land rear of Sandygate

RPR ( Architects) Cedar Cottage and land behind Cedar Cottage and land behind adjoining Trinity Fields

Steve Mills Land South of Church Farm Cottage (to include suggested possible extension to church car park)

Ken Eggleton Brighton Road 3 acre field Land west of/opposite the Old School, Brighton Road.

Michael Lloyd Brighton Road Land adjoining/behind the Old School.

Julian Slade {Land south of Built uparea of village (Church Close) Land south of Church Close -Possible 90 Houses and site for New School?
{Church Lane Industrial Estate Church Lane Industrial Estate- offered for housing development

Messrs Croxford, Murphy, Nicol & Tyler 3 Plots of land, Sandygate Lane Plots including the current houses and gardens & two fields. The Hawthorn- (2.6 Acres); Little Paddocks -(1.4 Acres) & White Gables (1 acre)

Gevin White Leechpond Cottage Land adjacent to Leechpond Cottage

Vikky and Tom Storey Land opposite Newells Farm House Proposed conversion of existing building to single Strorey, eco timber framed, building with separate garage.

Jennifer Ditchburn & Glenn Day, Land Behind Gardeners Cottage Rear of Gardeners Cottage, adjoining Trinity Fields

Mrs Pitchard Glayde Farm Corner of Handcross Road/Church Lane Land also to the rear of The Vicarage/Churchyard extension/ Hillview House/ Village Pantry/Brandywell/Homelea and Bede Cottage.

2016-08-30 19:19:32
LBNP
LBNP Working Party

The LBNP working party meeting to discuss the public exhibition in October will be in the
Church Room
at 7.30pm
on Wednesday 14th September.

Everyone is welcome

2016-08-29 20:20:23
Lower Beeding Parish council



Lower Beeding Neighbourhood Plan

‘ENGAGE’

Come along and help to shape the plan, and the future of the village.

Exhibition of proposed Development sites
Your opportunity to comment on the sites
Friday 7th October 7pm to 10pm &
Saturday 8th October between 12 (Midday) and 5pm
Here in the Church Room (car park at rear of church)

2016-08-29 20:19:29
Lower Beeding Parish council

‘Engage’ September Update

As advised in the August magazine article, the ‘call for sites’ has been collated and the list is below:

Although it has been advised before, it is important to underline that the inclusion as part of the ‘call for sites’ or more correctly ‘possible development sites’ is part of the process and the inclusion of sites does not mean that the sites put forward will be automatically accepted. In fact the discussion on which sites to include or exclude will now be open to comments by the residents of the village.

One of the ways for residents to make their comments known is by attendance at the public exhibition, at which the details of the proposed developments sites will be available. The exhibition will be held in the church room, at the rear of Holy Trinity Church, and will held on Friday 7th October between 7pm and 10pm and on Saturday 8th October between 12 (midday) and 5pm. (The car park for the church room is at the rear of the church and accessed via the entrance to the church/graveyard.) The Neighbourhood Plan process is proceeding and the statutory consultation with certain ‘statuary bodies’, is being undertaken by the consultants.

Please come along to the exhibition and let us know your comments on the ‘possible development sites’. We hope you will come along to the exhibition, but if you are unable to you may advise your comments either by writing to The Clerk to the Parish Council: Michael Tuckwell, 22 Blanches Road, Partridge Green, Horsham. RH13 8HZ or by sending an email to the NP email address: lbnp@lowerbeeding.com . It would be helpful if comments made by this means were received by Friday 14th October 2016.

Remember this is your chance to ‘ENGAGE’ in the Lower Beeding Neighbourhood Plan as “Together we can shape the future of the village.”

Geoff Peckham
Lead Councillor- Neighbourhood Plan – ‘Engage’
Lower Beeding Parish Council

Updates on the Lower Beeding Neighbourhood Plan (‘Engage’) as well as details of the Parish council meetings (normally the last Tuesday of every month, which are held in the Church Room at the rear of Holy Trinity Church, Lower Beeding) will be found in the Lower Beeding Parish Magazine (published monthly) and on the Lower Beeding Parish website: lowerbeeding.com - Parish Council meetings are open meetings to which the public are invited.

2016-08-29 19:58:42
Lower Beeding Parish council
Call for sites - August 2016

Applicant Location of site Details of proposal

Chris Loder Cyder farm, Brighton Road (Loder Plants) {Caterways
{Market Garden

Cisswood Hotel Cisswood Hotel Revised plans for Housing awaited

Nick & Carl Illes Sandygate Lane (East of Cisswood Hotel) Discussion document received

Michael Lewis Sandygate Sandygate Lane Land rear of Sandygate

RPR ( Architects) Cedar Cottage and land behind Cedar Cottage and land behind adjoining Trinity Fields

Steve Mills Land South of Church Farm Cottage (to include suggested possible extension to church car park)

Ken Eggleton Brighton Road 3 acre field Land west of/opposite the Old School, Brighton Road.

Michael Lloyd Brighton Road Land adjoining/behind the Old School.

Julian Slade {Land south of Built uparea of village (Church Close) Land south of Church Close -Possible 90 Houses and site for New School?
{Church Lane Industrial Estate Church Lane Industrial Estate- offered for housing development

Messrs Croxford, Murphy, Nicol & Tyler 3 Plots of land, Sandygate Lane Plots including the current houses and gardens & two fields. The Hawthorn- (2.6 Acres); Little Paddocks -(1.4 Acres) & White Gables (1 acre)

Gevin White Leechpond Cottage Land adjacent to Leechpond Cottage

Vikky and Tom Storey Land opposite Newells Farm House Proposed conversion of existing building to single Strorey, eco timber framed, building with separate garage.

Jennifer Ditchburn & Glenn Day, Land Behind Gardeners Cottage Rear of Gardeners Cottage, adjoining Trinity Fields

Mrs Pitchard Glayde Farm Corner of Handcross Road/Church Lane Land also to the rear of The Vicarage/Churchyard extension/ Hillview House/ Village Pantry/Brandywell/Homelea and Bede Cottage.

2016-08-12 16:07:35
Call for sites - August 2016

Applicant Location of site Details of proposal

Chris Loder Cyder farm, Brighton Road (Loder Plants) {Caterways
{Market Garden

Cisswood Hotel Cisswood Hotel Revised plans for Housing awaited

Nick & Carl Illes Sandygate Lane (East of Cisswood Hotel) Discussion document received

Michael Lewis Sandygate, Sandygate Lane Land rear of Sandygate

RPR ( Architects) Cedar Cottage and land behind Cedar Cottage and land behind adjoining Trinity Fields

Steve Mills Land South of Church Farm Cottage (to include suggested possible extension to church car park)

Ken Eggleton Brighton Road Land adjoining/behind the Old School. Two proposals.

Julian Slade {Land south of Built uparea of village (Church Close) Land south of Church Close -Possible 90 Houses and site for New School?
{Church Lane Industrial Estate Church Lane Industrial Estate- offered for housing development

Messrs Croxford, Murphy, Nicol & Tyler 3 Plots of land, Sandygate Lane Plots including the current houses and gardens & two fields. The Hawthorn- (2.6 Acres); Little Paddocks -(1.4 Acres) & White Gables (1 acre)

Gevin White Leechpond Cottage Land adjacent to Leechpond Cottage

Vikky and Tom Storey Land opposite Newells Farm House Proposed conversion of existing building to single Strorey, eco timber framed, building with separate garage.

Jennifer Ditchburn & Glenn Day, Land Behind Gardeners Cottage Rear of Gardeners Cottage, adjoining Trinity Fields

Mrs Pitchard Glayde Farm Corner of Handcross Road/Church Lane Land also to the rear of The Vicarage/Churchyard extension/ Hillview House/ Village Pantry/Brandywell/Homelea and Bede Cottage.

2016-08-12 16:05:31
Lower Beeding Council
L O W E R
B E E D I N G
N E I G H B O U R H O O D
P L A N
G R O W I N G
T O G E T H E R

Email: lbnp@lowerbeeding.com

‘Engage’ September Update

As advised in the August magazine article, the ‘call for sites’ has been collated and the list is below:

Although it has been advised before, it is important to underline that the inclusion as part of the ‘call for sites’ or more correctly ‘possible development sites’ is part of the process and the inclusion of sites does not mean that the sites put forward will be automatically accepted. In fact the discussion on which sites to include or exclude will now be open to comments by the residents of the village.

One of the ways for residents to make their comments known is by attendance at the public exhibition, at which the details of the proposed developments sites will be available. The exhibition will be held in the church room, at the rear of Holy Trinity Church, and will held on Friday 7th October between 7pm and 10pm and on Saturday 8th October between 12 (midday) and 5pm. (The car park for the church room is at the rear of the church and accessed via the entrance to the church/graveyard.) The Neighbourhood Plan process is proceeding and the statutory consultation with certain ‘statuary bodies’, is being undertaken by the consultants.

Please come along to the exhibition and let us know your comments on the ‘possible development sites’. We hope you will come along to the exhibition, but if you are unable to you may advise your comments either by writing to The Clerk to the Parish Council: Michael Tuckwell, 22 Blanches Road, Partridge Green, Horsham. RH13 8HZ or by sending an email to the NP email address: lbnp@lowerbeeding.com . It would be helpful if comments made by this means were received by Friday 14th October 2016.

Remember this is your chance to ‘ENGAGE’ in the Lower Beeding Neighbourhood Plan as “Together we can shape the future of the village.”

Geoff Peckham
Lead Councillor- Neighbourhood Plan – ‘Engage’
Lower Beeding Parish Council

Updates on the Lower Beeding Neighbourhood Plan (‘Engage’) as well as details of the Parish council meetings (normally the last Tuesday of every month, which are held in the Church Room at the rear of Holy Trinity Church, Lower Beeding) will be found in the Lower Beeding Parish Magazine (published monthly) and on the Lower Beeding Parish website: lowerbeeding.com - Parish Council meetings are open meetings to which the public are invited.

2016-06-13 18:36:14
Lower Beeding Council
As advised in the April magazine article, we have now collated the comments and have meet with the consultants and the next stage is to issue ‘a call for sites’.

It may be that the reference to ‘a call for sites’ may alarm some people but this is part of the process and by making the call or request for sites does not mean that sites put forward in respect of this request or those already known will be automatically accepted. In fact this is where the discussion on which sites to include or exclude begins and the conversations started as to the type of development which may or may not be acceptable to the residents. We will also be circulating the businesses in the village asking their opinion on their future requirements and other questions which will help us to make the plan, just that a plan for the village of the future.

As part of the ‘call for sites’, land owners are invited to contact us via the Neighbourhood Plan dedicated email: lbnp@lowerbeeding.com - Alternatively you are invited to write to the Parish Council Clerk: Michael Tuckwell, 22 Blanches Road, Partridge Green, Horsham, RH13 8HZ. We ask for full details of the land requesting to be considered and any relevant information as to the size of the site and the type of development which may be considered and the possible time span envisaged in the development. E.g. within five years or ten years or later. If any owner would like their land to be considered as undevelopable and be retained as ‘Green space’ then again we would like to hear from you. Please note all submissions should be made by the 30th June 2016

Although some volunteers have come forward, we are still looking for people to join the working party. If you are interested to be part of the Neighbourhood Plan Group, please submit your details to the Clerk to the Parish Council: Michael Tuckwell, 22 Blanches Road, Partridge Green, Horsham. RH13 8HZ or use the NP email address: lbnp@lowerbeeding.com Thank you.

2016-06-03 17:55:51
Lower Beeding Parish council
WORKING PARTY
Vision and objectives

Meeting on wednesday 8th June
at 7.30 in the Church Hall

Please come along and get involved in our Neighbourhood Plan

2016-04-28 20:36:12
Lower Beeding Parish council
LBNP Working Party meeting

Neighbourhood plan meeting is being held on tuesday 17th May in the Church Hall at 7.30pm

Please come along and get involved in the future of Lower Beeding

2016-04-12 20:03:26
Lower Beeding Parish council
CISSWOOD HOUSE HOTEL PLANNING

A meeting with the Cisswood House Hotel has been arranged for Tuesday 19th April in the Church Hall at 7.30pm
To discuss a possible future resubmission of their PA following the recent dismissal

Everyone is welcome

2016-03-31 19:59:22
Lower Beeding Parish council
CEDAR COTTAGE DEVELOPMENT

There is a presentation on Thursday 7th April in the Church Hall
at 7.30pm
PRP Apiyrchitects will present their Pre- Application for a development of 30 house at cedar cottage, sandygate lane.
All residents are welcome

2016-03-05 17:44:58
Lower Beeding Parish Council
The neighbourhood plan exhibition was well supported today, with the help of the tea, coffee and biscuits! Dont forget you still have time to voice your views on the future of the village. The exhibition will be open tomorrow - Sunday 6th March 2016 - 12-4pm at the Church Hall.

Please pop along and register.

2016-02-22 19:28:54
Lower Beeding Parish Council
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
‘OPEN EVENT’.
Saturday 5th March between 10am and 4pm
and on Sunday 6th March between 12pm and 4pm
in the Church Room (behind Holy Trinity Church)

Please come and make suggestions as to what you would like to included or excluded from the neighbourhood plan in terms of future development and amenities in the village.

2016-02-01 20:42:45
lower Beeding Parish Council
ENGAGE
LBNP MEETING
on Tuesday 9th February
at 7.30pm
in The Church Hall

The future of the village is in your hands please come along and get involved with 'Engage'


2016-02-01 20:34:32
lower Beeding Parish Council
'ENGAGE'
L O W E R
B E E D I N G
N E I G H B O U R H O O D
P L A N
G R O W I N G
T O G E T H E R


As reported in January Parish Magazine, the application submitted to Horsham District Council (HDC) that “Lower Beeding be a designated Parish for producing a Neighbourhood Plan.” was successful and we are now a designated parish.
Lower Beeding Neighbourhood Plan is quite a mouthful and it has been suggested that we use a subtitle, so the plan process will be referred to as a working subtitle of “Engage”. Why “Engage” because this is what the process is all about, engagement with the local community. So look out for updates on “Engage”.
The next stage, in the process is to start to gather evidence to formulate a plan. As part of this work we are asking the local community to submit their ‘Wish List’ for the future of the parish. Neighbourhood Plans become part of the Development Plan for the District, which includes the Horsham District Planning Framework (HDPF) The policies contained within Neighbourhood Plans are then used in the determination of planning applications. It must be stressed that Neighbourhood Plan policies cannot block development that is already part of the HDPF. What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.
The formal launch of the process will commence with an ‘Open Event’. This will take place during the weekend of 5th and 6th March 2016 in the Church Room (behind Holy Trinity Church) at which the community will be invited to come and make suggestions as to what they would like included or excluded from the plan in terms of future development and amenities in the village. The Open Event will be held on Saturday 5th March between 10am and 4pm and on Sunday 6th March between 12pm and 4pm.

Invitations will also be sent out shortly to interested parties who may have land or interests in land which may be offered as possible developments sites.

Volunteers are invited to be part of the Neighbourhood Plan Group, so please consider if you would like to take part. If you would like to be part of the group, please submit your details to the Clerk to the Parish Council:
Michael Tuckwell, 22 Blanches Road, Partridge Green, Horsham, RH13 8HZ.
Email: michaelanne@hotmail.co.uk.
Updates will appear in the Parish magazine, on the Parish Council website (www.lowerbeeding.com) and on the parish council notice boards around the village.
The future of the village is in your hands, please come along to the exhibition during the weekend of 5th and 6th March 2016 and be ‘Engaged’ in the process.
Draft Guiding Principles for the drafting of the Lower Beeding Neighbourhood Plan are set below, (we are grateful to Ian Shaw for the drafting of these principles,)

N.B. Please note that these are drafts only and are suggested for guidance and discussion during the formulation of the plan.

1. We understand that there is a natural need for growth in accordance with a growing population and a shortage of suitable accommodation for the community in Lower Beeding.

2. We are willing to support developments that are of a scale that does not materially change the character and feel of the village detrimentally. We feel that this translates into achieving a more organic, incremental, sustainable growth model for the village.

3. We feel that there is a need for a suitable mix of units with individual developments, in order to provide a variety of options from 1-4 bedrooms.

4. We feel that properties should be in keeping with the West Sussex vernacular and be rural in character and use (where possible) local materials.

5. We feel that community is important and any developments of significant scale should incorporate public/social space in order to encourage social cohesion and a sense of community. Community space could also support and encourage equestrian activities, both recreational and commercial

6. We feel that any development in the village should be supported by the appropriate infrastructure and we would support necessary improvement in utilities and where required schooling capacity.

7. We feel that road safety is a key concern and as such request that a review of the traffic management within the village is completed by the highway authority (WSCC Highways) and future development is considered with reference to the results of such a survey.



…. Key Question: What will the village of 2031 look like?

Geoff Peckham
Lead Councillor –Lower Beeding’ Neighbourhood Plan
Lower Beeding Parish Council

2016-02-01 19:57:39
lower Beeding Parish Council
LOWER BEEDING NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

As reported in December Parish Magazine, it was agreed at the October Meeting that Lower Beeding Parish Council apply to Horsham District Council (HDC) that “Lower Beeding be a designated Parish for producing a Neighbourhood Plan.” The public consultation on this proposal ended on 22nd December.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans.
Neighbourhood Development Plans become part of the Local Plan produced by the local authority (HDC) and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications. It must be stressed that the policies produced cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.
Neighbourhood planning is one of the community rights, along with the Community Right to Build, Community Right to Bid, Community Right to Challenge and Community Right to Reclaim Land. (See the My Community Rights website for more information.)
How does it work?
The Parish Councils will lead on neighbourhood planning in their areas. The Local Planning Authority (HDC) is involved and will make decisions at key stages of the process, such as approving the neighbourhood area within which the Neighbourhood Plan will have effect. It will also organise the independent examination of the plan and the community referendum that is held at the end of the process.
The referendum is an important part of the process allowing those that live in the neighbourhood area to decide whether or not the Neighbourhood Plan, comes into effect or not. This is direct democracy and outlines the importance of working with the wider community and securing their support at an early stage in the process.
The formal launch of the process will commence with an exhibition (planned provisionally for the weekend of 5th and 6th March in the Church Room (behind Holy Trinity church) at which the village will be invited to come and make suggestions as to what they would like included or excluded from the plan in terms of future development and amenities in the village. There will be further updates and confirmation of dates in the Parish magazine, on the Parish Council website (www.lowerbeeding.com) and on the parish council notice boards around the village.
Volunteers will be invited to be part of the Neighbourhood Plan Group, so please consider if you would like to take part, details of how to apply will be circulated later along with details of the Exhibition.