Community planning is one of the most important tasks any rural community can undertake. Long before the term ‘localism’ was adopted by government, rural communities were already taking control and deciding on what was best for them.
To understand what Community Plans are, below you will find some frequently asked questions.
Following consultations last year and appeal via Parish Matters 4 residents volunteered to join a Steering Group: Penny Inglis, Philip Longhurst, Ian Webb and Ewan Williamson. Cllr Linda Baumgartl is the representative on the Group from the Parish Council.
The first meeting took place in July 2017 and the Group determined to proceed with a Parish Plan for the area.
To that end the Group are now consulting the community; your input is important to help determine the shape and direction that the Parish wish to take and establish an action plan to secure future development of the area.
You can see the Terms of Reference and read the Minutes of the Steering Group here.
Your Views are Important
All properties in the area should receive a copy of the questionnaire in the first week of May together with a freepost envelope for return. Please take the time to answer as many of the questions as possible, the more information we receive the more precise the plan will be.
The questionnaire is anonymous and should take around 30 minutes to complete.
Please give us your views by 31st May 2018 for the chance to win £50!
Completing the Questionnaire Online:
The Click Here button below will take you directly to the online survey. There are 8 sections; Household, Build Development, Activities & Amenities, Environment, Community Services, Transport, Business and Employment and Future Priorities.
Clicking “next” takes you to the next section.
You may go back to the previous section to review and amend your answers by using the “back” button.
Please ensure when you have completed the survey to click “submit” so that your answers are saved and sent to us. Once your answers have been submitted you will be automatically redirected to our home page.
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What is a community plan?
A community plan sets out how local residents would like to see their local area change in the future. It sets out:
* a long term vision for the community, developed by the community – describing the sort of place it would wish to be and look like
* the important issues to tackle, that reflect the needs of that particular community
* short term goals and actions
Why have a community plan?
Community plans play a crucial role in influencing local councils and service providers. They provide evidence of the type of things that people want in their communities and what they see as important.
Community plans can:
* bring the community together and generate community spirit and community actions
* provide clear evidence of community aspirations and priorities
* provide a plan for the future that service providers know is based on wide community involvement and can use to shape their services to meet local need
* help access funding streams for projects – as community plans can provide strong evidence of need to support grant applications.
* encourage partnership working by highlighting projects that need help from the community itself or from external agencies.
What is involved?
There are several steps to work through to ensure that any plan is based on the needs and views of the future from the whole community. These include:
* setting up a steering group
* consulting with the community to get views from as many people as possible
* identifying priorities
* developing an action plan that involves the local community and service providers.
Which type of plan?
Neighbourhood planning, introduced by the Localism Act 2011, is a way for communities to be involved in land-use planning decisions in their area. They enable local communities to have more say in where new houses, businesses, shops and community facilities should go in their local area and can allocate sites for development. They may also include more detailed planning policies for example to define how new development should look.
Village Design Statements
A Village or Town Design Statement (VDS) is a practical tool to help influence decisions on design and development. They provide a clear statement of the character of a particular village or town against which planning applications may be assessed.
A Parish Plan is an in depth survey of a community undertaken by that community itself for its own benefit, to find out how it wants to see itself develop over a five to ten year timescale. It includes an action plan to make sure that this actually happens.