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The Neighbourhood Plan & County Plans

Our Neighbourhood Plan refers to and supports the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan so it is worth knowing what that plan says about housing development  in the rural areas like ourselves.

You can read the whole plan here (all 338 pages!) but the critical part is the Policy R1 and Policy H3 which talks about the need for rural housing and the conditions used to assess planning applications.

The plan also references the Daventry & District Settlements & Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) which is also available to be downloaded.

In the details of Policy R1 and Policy H3 below (copied from the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan) I have added comment relevant to Woodford Halse in italics.

Policy R1 – Spatial Strategy for the Rural Areas

Within the rural areas of West Northamptonshire there is an identified need for 2,360 dwellings within Daventry district and 2,360 dwellings within South Northamptonshire to be provided between 2011 and 2029 beyond the towns of Daventry, Towcester and Brackley. Within the rural areas the distribution of the rural housing requirement will be the subject of the Part 2 local plans that are being prepared by Daventry district and South Northamptonshire councils according to the local need of each village and their role within the hierarchy. Development within the rural areas will be guided by a rural settlement hierarchy that will comprise the following categories:

  • primary service villages; (Woodford is classified as this)
  • secondary service villages;
  • other villages;
  • and small settlements/hamlets.

The rural hierarchy in the Part 2 local plans will have regard to but not exclusively, the following:-

  1. The presence of services and facilities to meet the day to day needs of residents, including those from surrounding settlements;
  2. Opportunities to retain and improve the provision and enhancement of services critical to the sustainability of settlements;
  3. Accessibility, particularly by public transport, to the main towns and sustainable employment opportunities;
  4. Evidence of local needs for housing (including market and affordable housing), employment and services;
  5. The role, scale and character of the settlement;
  6. The capacity of settlements to accommodate development in terms of physical, environmental, infrastructure and other constraints;
  7. The availability of deliverable sites including previously developed land in sustainable locations;
  8. Sustaining the rural economy by retaining existing employment sites where possible, by enabling small scale economic development, including tourism, through rural diversification and by supporting appropriate agricultural and forestry development;
  9. Protect and enhance the character and quality of the rural areas’historic buildings and areas of historic or environmental importance; and
  10. Enabling local communities to identify and meet their own local needs.

Residential development in rural areas will be required to:-

  1. Provide for an appropriate mix of dwelling types and sizes, including affordable housing to meet the needs of all sectors of the community, including the elderly and vulnerable; and
  2. Not affect open land which is of particular significance to the form and character of the village; and
  3. Preserve and enhance historic buildings and areas of historic or environmental importance including those identified in conservation area appraisals and village design statements; and
  4. Protect the amenity of existing residents; and
  5. Be of an appropriate scale to the existing settlement; and
  6. Promote sustainable development that equally addresses economic, social and enviromental issues; and
  7. Be within the existing confines of the village.

Development outside the existing confines will be permitted where it involves the re-use of buildings or, in exceptional circumstances, where it will enhance or maintain the vitality of rural communities or would contribute towards and improve the local economy. Once the housing requirement for the rural areas has been met through planning permissions or future allocations, further housing development will only be permitted where it can be demonstrated that it:

  1. would result in environmental improvements on a site including for example the re-use of previously developed land and best practice in design; or
  2. is required to support the retention of or improvement to essential local services that may be under threat (in particular the local primary school or primary health services); and
  3. has been informed by an effective community involvement exercise prior to the submission of a planning application; or
  4. is a rural exceptions site that meets the criteria set out in policy h3; or
  5. has been agreed through an adopted neighbourhood plan. (as exists for Woodford Halse)

Policy H3 Rural Exception Sites

The provision of affordable housing to meet identified local needs in rural areas on ‘exception sites’ will be supported. Schemes must either be purely affordable housing or mixed tenure schemes including an element of market housing where this is essential to the delivery of the affordable housing. It will be a requirement that the market housing:

  1. is the minimum necessary to make the scheme viable;and
  2. meets specific locally identified housing needs.

In all cases the following criteria must be met:

  1. the site is within or immediately adjoins the main built-up area of a rural settlement;
  2. the form and scale of development should be clearly justified by evidence of need through a local housing needs survey; and
  3. arrangements for the management and occupation of affordable housing must ensure thatit will be available and affordable in perpetuity for people in local housing need.

 

Neighbourhood Plan : The Village Envelope

With all the debate going on about the possible planning application for housing on Pool Farm, I thought it would be  useful to post this. This is the area contained in the village neigbourhood plan known as the “village confines”. Inside this development MAY be permitted if it fits in with the plan and the requirements of the Conservation Areas in Hinton and Woodford (broadly the areas marked in red and pink – they were amended slightly when the Conservation Areas were adopted).

What Does the Plan Say

The Neighbourhood Plan says the following about development outside of that black line (excuse the jargon):-

“New housing development outside of the village confines for Woodford Halse and Hinton as defined in the Policies Map (Figure 2) will only be supported when it is in line with West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Policy R1 or it meets a local need identified through an up to date local housing needs survey. When such a need has been identified such proposals should be:

        1. For affordable housing in response to the local identified need;
        2. Be well related to the existing built form of the village; and
        3. be proposed on a site that has good accessibility to existing facilities and
          services.

New affordable housing outside the village confines will be managed in order
that it remains affordable as defined in the NPPF.”

The Village Confines

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village confines

View The Village Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan was voted for in a village referendum in May 2018following a series of consultations and with the support of District Council (then the planning authority).

86% were in favourt of the plan.

You can view the village plan here:- Neighbourhood Development Plan.

You can also view the details of the two village conservation areas.

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.

Since the Woodfordford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan was approved in April 2018, the parish is eligible for 25% of CIL raised on developments in the Parish.

The Parish is required to report the extent of the levy received in each financial year. The report of the year ending 31st March 2018 is available here:-

2018 Woodford cum Membris CIL Monitoring Report

As will be seen, £26,184 was paid to the Parish in 2017-2018 and this amount was retained in the Parish accounts at the end of the year.

 

Plan “Made” By DDC

Plan Formally Approved By District Council

Following a majority vote in favour at the referendum held on Thursday 3rd May 2018, Daventry District Council formally made the plan on Friday 4th May 2018 in accordance with the decision of its Full Council on 8th March 2018. The plan now forms part of the Statutory Development Plan and will be used when determining planning applications in the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Area.

A copy of the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan, together with the Notice of Making of Plan, and a statement setting out the Council’s decision to make the plan and the reasons for that decision, can be viewed on the Council’s website at:  www.daventrydc.gov.uk/madeneighbourhoodplans

Hard copies of the documents are also available for inspection at the following places and times;

Daventry District Council Offices (Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP)

o    Monday to Thursday 8.30 – 17.00, Friday 8.30 – 16.30

Woodford Halse Library (School Street, Woodford Halse, NN11 3RL)

o      Wednesday and Saturday 10.00-14.00

o      Thursday and Friday 14.00-18.00

 Co-operative Food Supermarket (Phipps Road, Woodford Halse, NN11 3TW)

o      Monday to Sunday 07.00-22.00

 

The made version of the plan is also available here.

The Neighbourhood Plan pages on the Signpost have now been updated to reflect this decision and the completion of the creation of the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Plan Referendum Result

Poll Approved Your Neighbourhood Development Plan

The question asked: “Do you want Daventry District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Woodford Cum Membris to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The result of yesterday’s referendum on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development plan, as published on the Daventry District Council web site was:-

YES:      663 Votes  (85.88%)
NO:       109 Votes  (14.12%)
Rejected papers:  25
Turnout:  797  (27.82%)

As a result the plan will be “made” by Daventry District Council . This means that:

  • The Parish Council will consider the Plan when commenting on local planning applications.
  • The District Council must consider the Plan when it approves or rejects planning applications in the parish.
  • Where development does go ahead and developers pay a Community Infrastructure Levy, 25% of that levy is available to the village to fund projects decided on by the Parish Council.

NOTE: The number of votes cast (797 votes) is lower than that for the District Council election (1829 votes) because the Woodford electoral district covers a greater area than that covered by the plan, with Byfield, Fawsley, and Hellidon, for example. Only those resident in the plan area were eligible to vote on Woodford’s plan.

Polls On May 3rd

District Council Councillor Election & Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

On Thursday 3rd May between 07:00am and 10:00pm there will be two polls taking place:-

1. For the election of a District Councillor to represent Woodford Ward on Daventry District Council. This is the Notice of Poll, List of Candidates and Location of Polling Stations according to your electoral roll number.

2. For the referendum on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan. This is the Notice of Poll, Referendum Question and Location of Polling Stations.

Plan Referendum Thursday

The referendum relating to the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan will be held on 3rd May 2018. The referendum question which will be asked is:

“Do you want Daventry District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Woodford cum Membris to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The final version of the Plan is available here or can be read on-line as an e-book.

All registered voters are encouraged to cast their votes in the referendum.

Other relevant documents relating to the referendum are all held here on the Daventry District Council web site.(scroll down to bottom of page) Hard copies of the documents are available in various places including the Co-op, the Library and DDC’s offices (details of times and locations on the DDC web site).

Don’t Forget The Referendum

Don’t Forget the Referendum

On May 3rd, alongside voting for your District Councillor, voters in the village will be asked to vote on the Neighbourhood Development Plan. The referendum question will be:-

“Do you want Daventry District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Woodford cum Membris to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

In order to help you make your decision, you can find the final version of the Plan  here or you can read it on-line as an e-book.

All registered voters are encouraged to cast their votes in the referendum on 3rd May.

Referendum Question

The referendum relating to the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan will be held on 3rd May 2018. The question which will be asked is:

“Do you want Daventry District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Woodford cum Membris to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The relevant documents relating to the referendum are all held here on the Daventry District Council web site.(scroll down to bottom of page) Hard copies of the documents are available in various places including the Co-op, the Library and DDC’s offices (details of times and locations on the DDC web site)

The final version of the Plan is also available here or can be read on-line as an e-book.

All registered voters are encouraged to cast their votes in the referendum on 3rd May.

What happens next?       

The referendum will be held on the 3rd May 2018. Daventry District Council must make the neighbourhood plan if more than half of those voting have voted in favour of the plan.    

Campaigning On The Neighbourhood Plan.

If groups wish to campaign for or against the referendum question, they are reminded that any expenditure incurred has to be within a limit set by legislation for neighbourhood plan referendums. In the case of the Woodford cum Membris referendum the maximum that any campaign group may spend is £2528.73 (note: this is a limit on spend: campaign groups are not reimbursed for these expenses).

Daventry has produced some helpful guidelines which summarises what this covers and how groups should register. However, groups wishing to campaign should satisfy themselves that they are operating within the law.

As mentioned before here, the Parish Council cannot campaign on the referendum.

Plan Referendum & The Signpost

The forthcoming Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum (see the post here) places strict limits on what the Parish Council can or cannot say during the referendum period.

Under Local Government guidelines, the Parish Council is not allowed to campaign either for or against the Plan. It can only provide factual information and advise people that they should vote in the referendum. The guidelines also restrict what Parish Council web sites may and may not publish. This includes sites that include the comments of other people.

For this reason, I am afraid that we have had to disable the comments facility on the Signpost and on the Signpost Facebook page. We have also turned off the automated feed linking the Signpost with Twitter.

These facilities will be reinstated on May 4th after the referendum.

The Woodford Halse Community page and other Woodford-related Facebook pages not published by the Parish Council are, of course, not affected by this.

Information on the rules governing any campaigning by groups in favour or against the plan will be published together with the formal announcement of the referendum.

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Vote On Your Neighbourhood Plan – 3rd May

On the 3rd May, alongside the local council elections,  all registered local voters will have the chance to vote for or against the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan. Every vote counts. The plan will be adopted if a majority of voters are in favour of it. What does the neighbourhood plan do??

  1. The Plan Helps Control Local Development.

The plan is meant to make sure that local development fits local needs. It has been produced by local people. Neighbourhood Plans have legal status and mean that developers and the District Council have to take account of what they say along with national policy and the rest of the development plan, which includes the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy and the saved policies of the Daventry District Local Plan (1997).

  1. Having A Plan Provides More Money From Developers For The Village.

With an approved plan, the Parish gets a greater share of money paid by developers towards community infrastructure. This can be used to improve local services in our village.

You can read the plan here.

More detail can be found on the referendum question and process here.

Plan Examination Completed

The independent examiner has now completed his review of the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan.

A copy of the Examiner’s Report is available via the Daventry District Council Neighbourhood Planning – Plans Submitted page.

The examiner has asked that a number of changes be made to the Plan, mainly to make sure that the Plan’s wording is  “clear and unambiguous and … drafted with sufficient clarity that a decision maker can apply them consistently and with confidence when determining planning applications.”

Once these changes have been made, Daventry District Council will make a decision as to whether or not the draft Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions and whether it should proceed to referendum of voters in the parish. If there is a majority of those voting in favour of the plan it will come into force.

You can access the latest documents relating to the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan on the Daventry District Council Neighbourhood Plan web page: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning 

You can see all the previous updates relating to the Neighbourhood Development Plan here on the Signpost.

Village Plan Examination

The Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan is going through the process of being reviewed by an independent examiner.

The examiner has asked the various contributors to Daventry District Council’s consultation process to comment on the Parish’s and District’s response to their input. Daventry has written to all those affected to ask for their views.

This process gives those wishing to comment until the 2nd February 2018. After that the examiner will conclude his work, taking account of any responses and hopefully allowing the plan to be finalised so that it can be put before all registered voters in the Parish in a local referendum.

As part of this the District Council has also published three more documents:-

  • Examiner’s Questions of Clarification
  • Planning Policy Assessment
  • Ecological Data Search

You can access these documents on the Daventry District Council Neighbourhood Plan web page: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning (Scroll down – the Woodford plan details are below those for Crick)

Village Plan

We’ve updated the Neighbourhood Plan pages to reflect the latest updates and include links to the DDC plans from the FAQ page.

You can access the various pages via the Neighbourhood Plan page.

Plan News

Progress Report #10

This morning, at a meeting between representatives of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Daventry District Council, an independent examiner was selected to carry out the examination of the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The examiner will be asked to complete their work during December with the aim of preparing a report for Daventry District Council by the middle of January 2018.

On receipt of this, DDC will consider the report and any recommendations and will decide when the plan can go to a local referendum.

The version of the plan which the examiner is considering is available for download: opens in a new windowREAD IT HERE. A number of responses were received from various individuals, companies and public bodies during DDC’s consultation period. These will also be included in the examination and can all be viewed opens in a new windowhere on the Daventry District Council web site.

Further progress reports will be published here when available.

Neighbourhood Plan News Oct 2017

Progress Report #9

Daventry District Council have now completed their consultation on the proposed Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan.

A number of responses have been received from various individuals, companies and public bodies. These can all be viewed opens in a new windowhere on the Daventry District Council web site.

The next step will be for DDC to appoint an examiner who will review the plan. After which DDC will decide if the plan can be put forward for a referendum vote by the village.

The version of the plan which will go  forward to the examiner is available for download: opens in a new windowREAD IT HERE.

Plan Consulation at Daventry

Daventry District Council opened their 8 week period of consultation on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan on Monday 14th August.

The consultation will run until 5:00pm on Monday 9th October 2017.

Details of how you can take part in this round of consultation can be found here on the Daventry District Council web site .

Please note that print copies are available for viewing at Daventry’s offices, Woodford Halse Library or the Co-op and you can download an on-line copy here.

You can read about the consulation process so far on our Consultation Page.

 

Neighbourhood Plan Revisions

We made a mistake when we posted the new version of the Neighbourhood Development Plan recently.

The map on page 10 showing the areas affected by the various plan policies was incorrect and one of the consultation responses was incorrect too.

The Plan has now been corrected and can be downloaded here or viewed on-line here.

The corrected map can be seen here and below.

The corrected Consultation Statement is also available here and on the Plan Documents page.

We will announce the details of the Daventry District Council consultation shortly.

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Version Submission

This notice is sent on behalf of Rob Snedker & The Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Development Plan Strategy Team.

It was also the content of an email to local businesses, organisations and others affected by the plan.

Please find below links to the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and additional documents, as submitted to Daventry District Council. Daventry District Council have commenced their consultation. Details are available here: Neighbourhood Development Plans & DDC.

The main document which is called the Regulation 16 Submission Consultation Draft, July 2017. It is the final version of the plan which you have watched develop and to which many of you have contributed. You have all seen this in its various versions.

The second set of documents are is the SEA (Stategic Environmental Assessment), (which was produced by the Daventry District Council), the Basic Conditions Statement, which explains the rules or core principles used to write the plan, and the Consultation Statement which describes the journey that the neighbourhood development plan team, and the village, have been on as they wrote the Neighbourhood Development Plan. (The Consultation Statement includes comments on the Parish Council response and action to each of the points raised in the first round of consultation).

The third set of documents are the consultation list documents of local businesses, local organisations and other bodies which show the people and organisations who have been kept informed during our journey. These lists have been updated as we went along and the circulation of this email represents the latest version of these lists. This email is also circulated to all those that commented during the original “Regulation 14” consultation phase in 2016. Many thanks to all for the input received.

I hope that you all find these documents interesting and accurate but, rest assured that, even after the Neighbourhood Development Plan is made, it will be essential to keep it current and relevant and therefore it is subject to constant modification.These documents are also accessible via the Woodford Halse Village Signpost Village Plan Consultation page.

Plan FAQ Update

We’ve updated the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for the Neighbourhood Plan to take account of where we are now and what the next steps are.

You can find it here: opens in a new windowNeighbourhood Plan FAQ

Plan Consultation

The current round of public consultation (so-called “Regulation 14 Consultation”) on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan has now closed. The Plan Steering Group would like to thank all those that have submitted comments, suggestions and support. We have received almost 50 separate submissions.

What happens next?

The input received as a result of this round of consulation will be reviewed by the Steering Group. Each suggestion is reviewed in the light of what can be done within current legislation affecting neighbourhood plans and will be used to create a new version of the Plan.

After this, the revised Plan will be submitted to Daventry District Council who will consult for a further six weeks. Then the plan and any remaining objections will be subject to examination by an independent expert, jointly appointed by the Parish Council and Daventry District.

If the examiner decides that the Plan can be approved, it will be put to a local referendum. The referendum will give all eligible voters in the parish the opportunity to vote and decide if the Plan should, in future, be used to help determine planning applications.

The final decision, therefore, rests with the people of Woodford cum Membris. A straight forward majority of those voting in the referendum will decide.

Thank you for your involvement so far.

The Steering Group will keep you up to date with progress on the next steps along the way.

Robert Snedker

Chairman, Woodford cum Membris Neighbouthood Development Plan Steering Group.

You can still read the current version of the plan here…. opens in a new windowWoodford Cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan

 

 

 

One Day Left!

to Comment on the Village Neighbourhood Plan

Thanks for all the comments on the Plan so far, but if you haven’t commented yet and you want to then you are nearly out of time.

There’s just ONE DAY left to add your views to the Village Neighbourhood Plan.

Read the plan here…. opens in a new windowWoodford Cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan

And let us have your comments here before 5:00pm, November 14th….. Consulation Form.

 

 

Plan Responses

Please Comment on the Village Neighbourhood Plan

Today we received a comment on the Neighbourhood Plan from someone that was very concerned about an aspect of the village settlement boundary. If you think you might be affected by issues like this, it is very important that you make your views known.

There’s just a few days left to add your views to the Village Neighbourhood Plan.

Read the plan here…. opens in a new windowWoodford Cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan

And let us have your comments here before November 14th….. Consulation Form.

 

 

One Week Left

to Comment on the Village Neighbourhood Plan

There’s just a week left to add your views to the Village Neighbourhood Plan.

Read the plan here…. opens in a new windowWoodford Cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan

And let us have your comments here before November 14th….. Consulation Form.

 

 

If you’re happy…

and you know it, clap your hands.

clappingIf not, you’d better get your comments in on the Neighbourhood Plan before November 14th.

We’ve had lots of feedback on things like….

  • flooding worries
  • roads & traffic
  • local green spaces
  • paths, listed buildings and village heritage

We’d love to hear more from everyone but especially …

  • local businesses.. does the plan meet your needs?
  • Grants Hill Way and Great Central Way tenants .. how about you?
  • local clubs & organisations.. have we met your needs?
  • church groups .. how about you?
  • Hinton & West Farndon .. are your needs met?
  • farms and agricultural businesses.. how about you?

Read opens in a new windowthe plan here and comment here.

Your Views Matter!

Five weeks left for views on the Neighbourhood Plan

planningThere’s still time to let us have your views on the Neighbourhood Plan but your comments must be in by Monday 14th November at 5:00pm.

Read the plan and get your comment form here.

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

This is the start of the formal consultation process for the Neighbourhood Plan…

planningYou now have the chance to let us have your views on the Neighbourhood Plan. This plan will affect how development in the village takes place in the future, so your views are vital.

opens in a new windowDownload the Plan Here (4.25M bytes)

opens in a new windowDownload the Comment Form as a Word document here or opens in a new windowas a PDF document

The start of the formal 6 week consultation on the plan will be on Monday 3rd October 20116. Consultation responses must be received by 14th November 2016.

After this round of consultation and further discussions with Daventry District Council there will be a final version of the Plan which will be the subject of a local referendum.

The plan, when agreed by the community and approved by Daventry District, will help manage future planning applications. It will also help the village to receive extra funding from developers for local projects that support the plan.

A copy of the plan is available for download here: opens in a new windowWoodford Halse Neighbourhood Plan. or it can be viewed opens in a new windowon-line as an e-book here.

The plan is also available in printed form for viewing in many places: the Library, Village Meats, the Village Stores, Popson’s Pharmacy, Footwise Podiatry, Top to Toe, Post Office, Memorial Hall, Social Club, Byfield Medical Centre, Central Way Garage and Co-operative Store.

You  can respond to the plan by completing the response form which you can download here and returning it. Alternatively you can use our on-line form here or obtain a form from one of the places mentioned above. Whichever way you use, responses must be received by 5:00pm on Monday 14th November 2016. You can email comments to woodfordplancomments@gmail.com or send paper copy comment forms to Gary Smith, Parish Clerk, The Retreat, 7 The High St. Woodford Halse, NN11 3RQ.

 

Bob Snedker, Chair, Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Find more details on the Neighbourhood Plan here.

Some Plan Background

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulation Assessment

As part of the process of creating the Neighbourhood Plan the Parish Council had to assess if the Plan would have an environmental impact that would make further detailed assessment necessary.

The conclusion of the report carried out for us by Daventry District Council’s Local Strategy Team is that no further assessment would be needed.

To help with the consultation process starting Monday we are publishing that report in full.

You can download it here:-

opens in a new windowStrategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulation Assessment Report

Or read it on-line here:- opens in a new windowFlip Book Version.

 

Here Comes The Plan

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Starts Monday

On Monday we will start a period of consultaion on theWoodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan. The plan has been built up using your views by a group of local people under the leadership of the Parish Council and with support from experts in this field but for it to be agreed and to benefit the village it need your comment and approval.

The plan and the ways to comment on it will be published on Sunday so watch out for it here on the Signpost and around the village.

In the meantime, here is a summary of the main points and the objectives that the plan sets.

You can download a PDF version of the summary below here… opens in a new windowWoodford Halse Neighbourhood Plan Summary

Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Development Plan

SUMARY

Our vision for Woodford cum Membris in 2029 is of a safe, friendly and welcoming village with a mixed community of young and old, families and singles, local workers and commuters with as many resources for local people as possible within the village. It has a heritage of agriculture, village life and its railway history which we value and seek to maintain.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 


2 Why is the plan important? 


3 Producing and Agreeing the Plan 


4 Community Consultation 


5 Key Issues for the Plan 


6 Vision and Objectives 


7 Woodford cum Membris NDP Policies 


8 Monitoring and Review 


9 How to comment on this document 


1. Introduction

This chapter explains how the neighbourhood plan was conceived, the area covered and some basic facts such as its location, population and number of homes.

It goes on to say what the village has in the way of shops, businesses, schools, churches, medical facilities etc. There follows a brief history of the village, how it sits geographically and that it is surrounded by agriculture. Two maps are provided to help locate features referred to in the plan.

2. Why is the plan important?

This Section explains that the neighbourhood plan has had to go through several inspection processes. It has been written by people who live in the parish and has to go through two informal consultation processes within the village. An official Inspector then has to pass the plan to ensure that it satisfies State legislation. Finally, there has to be a referendum before the final plan can be accepted. The consultation process means that the plan genuinely reflects what the villagers want and the referendum ensures that everyone has their say.

This Neighbourhood Plan, once agreed, is a legally recognised document which will be used to ensure that the needs, views and priorities of the local community are fully considered when assessing future planning applications and proposed development within the area. 


3. This chapter explains the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

At the examination the examiner will assess whether the plan meets the basic conditions of the Localism Act, something all neighbourhood plans must do, if they are to be formally made part of the development plan.

The basic conditions are: 


  1. Is the Woodford cum Membris NDP in line with national planning policy and guidance and does it promote sustainable development? 


  2. Is the Woodford cum Membris NDP in general conformity with the strategic planning policies for the area? 


  3. Is the plan compatible with European Union obligations? 


If the examiner decides the answer to these questions is “yes” the Woodford cum Membris NDP will be subject to a local referendum. The referendum will give all eligible voters in the parish the opportunity to vote and decide if the Woodford cm Membris NDP should, in future, be used to help determine planning applications. The final decision, therefore, rests with the people of Woodford cum Membris and will be a straight forward majority of those voting in the referendum.

4 Community Consultation

This Chapter details the consultation process from initial mail shot to every single house in the village which received 370 responses and identified the 3 main issues to be Roads traffic and car parking, Health facilities, Shopping and Retail, to the request for involvement of the Parishioners in the Jan 2016 issue of the WOW, and then on to the second informal consultation, called the 6 week consultation which will run from 3rd October to 11th. November. Official response forms will be available on line or from the Parish Clerk.

5. Key Issues.

The Strategy Team used all of your data and comments to create the first draft. In short, the Woodford cum Membris NDP will seek to:-

  1. Develop a shared vision for the parish that will deliver the sustainable development we need by meeting the Government’s core planning principles 


  2. Support a prosperous rural economy 


  3. Deliver a wide choice of high quality homes 


  4. Require good design 


  5. Promote a healthy community 


  6. Conserve and enhance the natural and historic environment.

6. Our Vision Statement for 2031 is:

Our vision for Woodford cum Membris in 2029 is of a safe, friendly and welcoming village with a mixed community of young and old, families and singles, local workers and commuters with as many resources for local people as possible within the village. It has a heritage of agriculture, village life and its railway history which we value and seek to maintain.”

In order for us to achieve this Vision and to address the key issues we have identified in chapter 5 of this plan, we have established the following key objectives for the Woodford cum Membris NDP: 


OBJECTIVE 1 – To preserve and enhance local natural and built heritage assets

OBJECTIVE 2 – To manage future housing growth in Woodford Halse village and 
the wider parish


OBJECTIVE 3 – To promote good quality development 


OBJECTIVE 4 – To protect and enhance local community assets and facilities and ensure there is an appropriate level of infrastructure in place 


OBJECTIVE 5 – To promote safe roads and streets for all users

7. Neighbourhood Development Plan policies.

This section details how we are going to achieve these Objectives and focuses on the things that we wish to preserve and enhance whether they be man-made or natural. It describes how ,any newly proposed developments, should fit within the pre-ordained and agreed parameters stated in the plan. It describes our aspirations to have a pleasant environment with safe roads and an appropriate level of infrastructure and employment.

Finally, we must stress that this is your plan, but it can only work if you get involved and have your say. Please take the opportunity to make suggestions as to how the plan can better represent your views. You have until November 11th.

Robert Snedker,

Chairman of the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan Strategy Team.

Housing Needs Survey

The Government asks local councils to assess the need for social housing in their local area so that appropriate planning decisions can be made. The last assessment carried out for Woodford Halse was in April 2012.

Daventry District Council is to carry out a new survey between Monday 3rd October and Sunday 30th October 2016. The results of this will be added to the work being done on the Neighbourhood Plan.topsmall

You are invited to complete the survey form that will be delivered to each household in the village shortly. The form looks like this so watch out for it….

top-2-1Alternatively you can complete the survey on line at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/woodfordHNS (survey only opens on October 3rd, link not active until then).

Please make sure you respond. Getting local views is essential so that future plans meet our future needs.

Neighbourhood Plan Latest

Here’s an update on the Neighbourhood Plan from Bob Snedker…

planningWe now have a timetable for the consultation that will take place on the Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Plan.

The start of the formal 6 week consultation on the plan will be on Monday 3rd October 20116. Consultation responses must be received by 14th November 2016.

After that, and further discussions with Daventry District Council there will be a final version of the Plan which will be the subject of a local referendum.

Copies of the plan and forms to be used for responses will be posted here on the Village Signpost shortly. They will be also be available in printed form the Library, Village Meats, the Chemist, Footwise Podiatry, Post Office and Co-op and there will be large type notices placed on all of the village notice boards saying where the plan can be seen. We want to encourage as much feedback as possible, so you will be able to respond to the plan on-line, by email or by post.

The plan, when agreed by the community and approved by Daventry District, will help manage future planning applications. It will also help the village to receive extra funding from developers for local projects that support the plan.

Bob Snedker, Chair, Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Find more details on the Neighbourhood Plan here.

Neighbourhood Plan News July 2016

Here’s an update on the Neighbourhood Plan from Bob Snedker…

planningThe first version of the Neighbourhood Plan for Woodford Halse, Hinton and West Farndon is almost complete.

Towards the end of August we will publish the whole document here on the ‘Signpost’.

This will be the start of the formal 6 week consultation on the plan. After that, and further discussions with Daventry District Council there will be a final version of the Plan which will be the subject of a local referendum.

Copies of the first version of the plan will be also be available in the Library, Village Meats, the Chemist, Footwise Podiatry, Post Office and Co-op and there will be large type notices placed on all of the village notice boards saying where the plan can be seen. We want to encourage as much feedback as possible, so you will be able to respond to the plan on-line, by email or by post.

Watch out for more news in August.

The plan, when agreed by the community and approved by Daventry District, will help manage future planning applications. Also particularly important is that it will enable the village to receive funding from developers for local projects that support the plan.

Bob Snedker, Chair, Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Find more details on the Neighbourhood Plan here.

Neighbourhood Plan News March 2016

Here’s an update on the Neighbourhood Plan from Bob Snedker…

planningOn Wednesday 2nd March the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group met for the fourth time. As a result of input from many village groups and the efforts of the Steering Group, a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan for Woodford cum Membris is nearly complete. This plan covers Woodford, Hinton and West Farndon and the countryside of the parish.

The plan, when agreed by the community and approved by Daventry District, will help manage future planning applications. Also particularly important is that it will enable the village to receive funding from developers for local projects that support the plan.

Soon you will have an opportunity to learn more at a public meeting and to comment on the draft plan developed by the team. Watch out for details.

Bob Snedker, Chair, Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Find more details on the Neighbourhood Plan here.

Planning Permission?

A New Way To Find Out About Planning Applications

Daventry District Council has now joined the ‘NN One’ partnership, which enables access to the Planning Aggregator, a way to show all undetermined planning applications in a particular area or parish.  DDC has added this tool to their website.  To see how this works:

1. Click on this link: http://mapping.daventrydc.gov.uk/

2. Tick ‘I agree’

3. Select ‘exit search’

4. Select ‘boundaries & planning’ from the drop down menu (6 of 7 options)

5. Select ‘planning apps non determined’

6. Move around the map, zoom in and out.

7. Click on any link to see a summary/description – then click on the link to the planning portal if you want to see more information.

It is possible that we could add this tool to our own web site to make access easier. Let us know if you think this would be a good idea by emailing: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com

Plan Meeting Update

Here is a poster for the forthcoming Neighbourhood Plan meeting. Please note this is a meeting of the Steering Group but all are welcome to come along.

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Neighbourhood Plan News June 2015

More News From The Planning Group

Bob Snedker, Chairman of Woodford-cum-Membris Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, has provided an update….

The village has now managed to gain a grant of £4,775 to assist us in creating the Neighbourhood Plan. This means that we have the best part of £8,000 and can instruct a Consultant to help in the preparation of the plan.

Tplan posterhere is to be a meeting on the 23rd. June at 7:00 in the Memorial Hall and if you have an interest in the development of the  plan you are very welcome to attend. Mr Michael Wellock of Kirkwells will be running the meeting as he has considerable experience in the creation of Neighbourhood Plans.

The Village Plan Group is keen to make sure that views from all areas of village life are represented. We want to make sure that local businesses, youth groups, clubs and organisations, and residents both from within the various parts of the village and in the wider area covered by the parish. So, if you would like to find out more of what is happening please come along on the 23rd.

You can also keep up to date with progress on the Neighbourhood Plan Group pages on this web site.

 

Don’t Forget: Win £50

Neighbourhood Plan Group Wants Your Input.

 

The Plan needs input on what you see as the three top priorities for planning locally.

You should have received a copy of a form asking for your input. All completed entries will be placed in a draw and eligible to win a prize of £50.

If you don’t have a form or you need extra copies of the form – we want to get as many views as we can – you can print off opens in a new windowextra copies of the form by downloading it here. If you would rather give us your views on-line you can do it opens in a new windowhere on our consultation page.

The draw for the £50 will take place at the Parish Council Meeting on 14th October 2014 so make sure your entries are received in plenty of time (the on-line survey will close on 13th October at 1:00pm.)

Keep up to date with what the Plan is, why we are doing it and how you can make sure it reflects the sort of village that you want by following these pages here on the Signpost.

 

 

Neighbourhood Plan News Sept 2014

Second Meeting of The Planning Group

On August 28th the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee had their second meeting and discussed a draft Terms of Reference for the Committee and agreed on the next steps in the process.

Heather Thomas has agreed to look after any events needed to create or promote the plan and Ian Reed Jones will be treasurer for the committee. Gary Denby will be bringing together and analysing the information in the existing Parish Plan and Housing Needs Survey.

Government funding for the process will only become available from March next year, although other sources are available so the Committee’s activities will have to take place in the light of this.

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Most important, the Committee agreed the draft of the first questionnaire looking for village feedback. We have already posted it here and created an on-line survey to get your views.

 

 

Plan Email Update

Email Correction

homer-simpson-dohIn the post on the Neighbourhood Plan posted on June 13th we made a mistake in Bob Snedker’s email address. The link was correct but the text was wrong and so if you sent an email to Bob using that address and haven’t had a response please check to see if you have the correct address which is:-

robertprintco@aol.com

Bob is happy to get your views on the Neighbourhood Plan. Watch out for the questionnaire in this month’s WOW to get your chance to win £50 or take the survey here.

Win £50 For Your Views

Neighbourhood Plan Group Wants Your Input.

The Neighbourhood Plan Group has started work. You’ll be able to keep up to date with what it is, why we are doing it and how you can make sure it reflects the sort of village that you want by following these pages here on the Signpost.

First off the Plan needs input on what you see as the three top priorities for planning locally.

In next month’s copy of the WOW you’ll receive a copy of a form asking for your input. If you would rather give us your views on-line you can do it opens in a new windowhere on our consultation page. If your household needs extra copies of the form – we want to get as many views as we can – you can print off opens in a new windowextra copies of the form by downloading it here.

All completed entries will be placed in a draw and eligible to win a prize of £50. The draw will take place at the Parish Council Meeting on 14th October 2014 so make sure your entries are received in plenty of time (the on-line survey will close on 13th October at 1:00pm.)

Neighbourhood Plan – First meetings

First Meetings – Next Steps.

The Neighborhood Plan group, brought together by Parish Councillor Robert Snedker, has now started work and had its first meeting on August 6th.

As part of the meeting Tom James, planning policy officer for Daventry District Council, provided an introduction to neighbourhood plans, what they can and cannot do and how they are created. He also answered questions from the group, showed some of the tools that can be used to build a plan and identified how the village can get funding for any expenses needed to create the plan.

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the big benefits in having a neighbourhood plan is that any developments that do get approved will have to pay a levy to the local community of 25% of the value of the development – without it the figure is only 15%. So, there is a value to Woodford Halse in addition to the protection that a plan would help give us against unwanted developments.

As a first step the Neighbourhood Plan group is making a submission to DDC to have the plan area (the limits defined by the parish boundary) approved but as things go forward input from and the approval of the whole village will be vital. Another meeting is due to take place before the end of August.

We will be creating a special area here on the Signpost with all you need to know about the neighbourhood plan, so watch out for more news here soon.

Neighbourhood Plan News June 2013

Planning & Our Neighbourhood

Back in April we posted opens in a new windownews of the start of work on our Neighbourhood Plan.

Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to:

  • Make a neighbourhood plan
  • Make a neighbourhood order
  • Make a community right to build

opens in a new windowEnglish: Woodford Halse Social Club. At the ju...A plan sets up general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood covering things like where new homes, offices and business premises should be built and what they look like and protecting open ground.

Action So Far:

The regulations covering the start of a Neighbourhood Plan state that it is necessary to apply for an Area Designation by sending a letter of application. This letter and a plan of the area, (i.e the parish boundary) has to be sent to the DDC. There is then a 6 week consultation period after which the process can commence. The letter and plan have been sent and the 6 week period started on Monday 9th June.

In the meantime Bob Snedker, who is leading this project, is making enquiries regarding the funding of the exercise and will be calling a meeting of all of those people who have been generous enough to offer their assistance.

What Next?

We are only looking for 2/3 more people to form a steering group under the
umbrella of the Parish Council to develop a neighbourhood plan for Woodford
Halse. We already have the existing Parish Plan to build on but this project could
take 2 years, so it needs people with time and commitment to the village to
shape the village for the years ahead.

Is this you?

If you would like to be involved, please send your name and details to Bob Snedker by email to robertprintco@aol.com or telephone 01327 262664.

(Note: email address above corrected, 19/09/2014)

Woodford’s Neighbourhood Plan

Help Set The Framework For The Future of Woodford

Bob Snedker is leading a steering group for a neighbourhood plan for Woodford Halse, Hinton and West Farndon. These plans are recognised in planning legislation and are used to help determine the outcome of planning applications. Without one, the village is open to any opportunistic scheme, whether or not it helps to build what the village feels it wants and needs.

P1010808aThis is a chance for you to have a say on what you want the village to look like, from housing to protecting open areas and making sure that the village develops as the local community wants.  Ideas mentioned for consideration have included as wide a range of topics as orchards, education, facilities for the older residents, and external seating. What are you passionate about protecting or maintaining?

If you would like to be involved in creating the plan or simply want to contribute your views, contact Bob Snedker on 01327 262664 or email robertprintco@aol.com.