In time this page may hold the answers to all the questions you have about Neighbourhood Plans and especially the Charfield Neighbourhood Plan.
If you have questions we have not answered, let us know by contacting the Parish Clerk at the address in the side bar.
- What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
- Why is Charfield working on a Neighbourhood Plan?
- Why do you think a Neighbourhood Plan would protect Charfield
- Why should I be interested or get involved?
- How can I help?
- What are the timelines for this Plan?
- What will you need from me?
The Neighbourhood Plan came out of the Localism Act 2011 and is a community centred development document which stands alongside the planning development documents of the local authority (South Gloucestershire in this case) to form the Local Plan. Planning decisions are taken based upon all these documents and the Neighbourhood Plan grants local communities such as Charfield the right to inform and guide planning decisions.
Firstly, we are vulnerable to uncontrolled development due to the failure of the local authority’s five year housing land supply (as determined at the recent public inquiry), and a Neighbourhood Plan will at least give us some control over the what, how much and where of new development. Secondly, it is right that the community has a say in its own growth and, as happened with the Village Plan, we look forward to pulling many positives from the exercise.
Recent (December 2015) developments show the value of a Neighbourhood Plan to Lydney, only a few miles up the Severn from us.
If you care about the community, have ideas of how it could be made better (or ideas about what could damage it), want to have a say in the future of the village and the parish, you should be interested. If you have the time and enthusiasm to get involved then there are many ways to do so.
The preparation of Charfield Neighbourhood Plan will require considerable work from many quarters. We will be consulting on various matters and we will need volunteers to help both with getting the questions out to the community and the answers back, and also on the actual questions themselves. We will want input from every stakeholder in and around Charfield – residents, employers, retailers, farmers, other community volunteers, teachers and pupils. When we hold focus meetings, come along and join in! When leaflet drops happen, read them and fill in the blanks! Even putting the leaflets through the doors takes time… do volunteer for anything and everything.
From its inception in the latter part of 2015 to its publication and adoption by the local authority, we estimate it will take eighteen months to two years. Regular meetings will begin in earnest in February 2016 and we hope to have the Plan written and put up for inspection at the beginning of 2018.
Initially and most importantly, your interest. The Neighbourhood Plan will be judged on how much it reflects all the community of Charfield, and therefore we need all the community of Charfield to be involved in as many ways as possible. When the NP team contact you, by email, doorstep or leaflet consultation, please do enter fully into it and make sure we get your input. When meetings are held, please try and attend. And when the Plan is put to referendum, do vote YES.