As Janet Martin identified in her April update we were thrown into some disarray by the nil allocation Hart awarded us in their Draft District Plan. As a group we remain anxious to give voice through the Neighbourhood Plan to the concerns that emerged during our consultations. These include protection of the green spaces in and around the parish and the on-going infrastructure issues such as health facilities, parking and traffic. These issues, one imagines, will only be exacerbated by the proposed Murrell Green development which metaphorically speaking came out of the magician's hat.

After much discussion and input from our planning advisor we have decided to move on with the prescribed Neighbourhood Plan process, offering Nero's Brewery, Pools Yard and James Farm (24 dwellings in all) as a strategic defence should our allocation from Hart change - for whatever reason! If you have any comments on this approach then please let us know on our website www.hartleywintneynp.org.uk or come and talk to us at Culture on the Common on 30th July where we will have a stand.

Note Janet Martin has now stood down from chairing the Group - our thanks go to her for steering the ship through some severley rocky waters!

Chris Farrance, Chairman

Hartley Wintney Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group