Neighbourhood Plan Update

The voice given to the local community by the statutory Neighbourhood Planning process is indeed a very powerful one. It has to be remembered, however, that there are ‘bigger bears in the woods’ – one of which is Hart District Council. Responses to their draft local plan 2017 have now been posted on their website - do have a look (www.hart.gov.uk/draft-local-plan-responses-2017). It will be interesting to see if the ‘no allocation’ to Hartley Wintney remains as the Plan progresses.

The fact that the Plan is a statutory document is particularly important and care is necessary in its drafting. I learnt at a recent Neighbourhood Planning Conference that developers have been known to legally challenge Plans so they need to be robust. In Farnham, just recently, Waverley Council overrode a Neighbourhood Plan despite a Referendum having been completed which is quite worrying.

We believe we have been quite diligent in seeking feedback from residents throughout the process and we still encourage you to share your views with us. Talking of views, have you had a look at the ‘Distinctive Views’ identified in the current version of the Plan – do have a look at Objective 9 of the current document which can be found on our website (www.hartleywintneynp.org.uk).

There are a number of consultations under way at the moment – one into Community Transport and another being carried out by South Western Trains regarding potential timetable changes. These relate to concerns that, again, we registered in our consultation process and are another opportunity for us to raise our voices – please do so!

 

Cllr. Chris Farrance

Chairman

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group