Neighbourhood Development Plan
The village is in the process of creating a 'Neighbourhood Development Plan' (NDP), which we hope to complete in 2021. Professional consultants were engaged in October 2020, using funds from Locality. They produced a set of core Policies for the final NDP, which was reviewed and edited by the SE Steering Group in March 2021. A 'Housing Needs Assessment' was produced by a Locality funded consultancy, AECOM, following national guidelines, and this will be part of the evidence base for the NDP.
When approved by both TVBC and a government inspector the NDP will become an adjunct to the main TVBC Development Plan, with full legal standing as planning policy.
A village-wide survey, both online and as a supplement to the SEDCA newsletter, was the first formal task of the NDP. The results were presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on 8th May 2019. The report was published in the SEDCA newsletter at the end of June 2019. A link to download this is on the right.
The Parish Council has published several items about the proposed NDP over the course of the past 2 years in SEDCA, the village newsletter. The latest of these articles can be downloaded here (buttons on the right). There is also a lot of information about NDPs on the TVBC web site:
If you have any comments or queries regarding the Neighbourhood Development Plan please speak to any Parish Councillor or email the Parish Council Clerk, or the editor of the SEDCA Newsletter.
Annual Parish Meeting Report 2019 covering questionnaire results
Test Valley Borough Council
Neighbourhood Planning FAQs
PRECURSORS TO THE NDP -
The Parish Plan and the Village Design Statement
The Parish Plan, published in 2008, is where it all started, and that itself started with a comprehensive parish-wide questionnaire to find out what residents cared about, and what they wanted the village to be like in future years. you can download a copy here.
The Village Design Statement, published and adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document in 2015, gives guidance on the character and details of new, extended and modified buildings. It also has an appendix describing the history of the village.
The VDS is still current, and a copy can be downloaded here.
As they are developed, various maps relevant to the NDP will be added here.
These are areas of special importance, either for reasons of habitat protection, outstanding beauty, or amenity for residents, which mean they will receive additional protection from development.
Click image to see map & key: