The Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan Review 2019
You may already be aware that due to a housing shortfall in the Chichester District Council (CDC) Local Plan (also under review), the villages of Loxwood and Wisborough Green have been given a further housing allocation. Our village has been allocated 25 more homes to be provided by 2035. We may not want our little rural villages to change in character by increasing in size but this is not within our control. It will happen but, with an updated Neighbourhood Plan, at least we will have some influence over the siting and design.
Your Neighbourhood Plan Review team of 7 voluntary members (3 residents, 3 Parish Councillors and the PC Clerk) has begun the task of identifying what action needs to be undertaken for this review.
Potential Development Sites: Our next step is a call for sites for consideration and assessment. CDC has already been notified of some possible development sites but if you have land that you think has development potential in and around the village, please contact the Parish Council Clerk, Louise Davies, on 701102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All potential sites will undergo a rigorous and objective assessment for suitability against agreed set criteria prior to selection for consultation. The cut-off date for sites to be considered is 31st March 2019.
OTHER STEPS IN THE NEIGHOURHOOD PLAN REVIEW
Timeline: we have written and agreed a timetable for this Neighbourhood Plan review process to coincide with, and sit alongside, the Local Plan review. This is a working document that will be constantly updated.
Neighbourhood Plan Policy Review: these policies have proved successful in protecting the village but are now being further improved, strengthened and updated where necessary.
Housing Allocation Policy: is being prepared in conjunction with the Wisborough Green Trust, a Community Land Trust being formed to work with Housing Associations to provide affordable homes management within the new village developments. The policy aims to promote priority for local residents in need of affordable housing.
Community Action Plan: is being updated as some projects are already completed, such as the new Information Point in the old telephone box and new Community Notice Boards, some are underway in conjunction with CDC and Highways, and there will no doubt be some new projects to add.
Lastly, BE PREPARED TO GET INVOLVED. We need you ALL to attend the Public Consultation event later this year which will be held to underpin and provide evidence for the Neighbourhood Plan review process and updated Neighbourhood Plan. We will be actively seeking your ideas and opinions about shaping the future of Wisborough Green. More information to follow – watch this space!
Village Design Guide
The purpose of this design guidance document is for use as material consideration in determining applications for planning permission and for contributing to control of development within the planning system in Wisborough Green.
It sets out a vision for the future embedded in the visual history of the past so that the essential character of the village is preserved. The Guide has been prepared after three public consultations as part of the larger project of adopting a Neighbourhood Plan. The Guide also seeks to record the current features of the built and natural environment of the village that are valued by the residents. It is intended to guide all parties on the preference for use of local materials and vernacular architectural style that will ensure the continued authenticity of the village character.
The Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan
The Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan sets out the vision, objectives and policies for the sustainable development of the Parish from 2014 to 2029. Its purpose is the allocation of development sites for new housing and to influence how such development impacts upon the village environment. It has been drawn up by a Steering Group made up of Parish Council members and local residents, working under the auspices of Wisborough Green Parish Council.
The planning context is provided by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Chichester District Council Local Plan: Key Policies 2014-2029 adopted by Chichester District Council (CDC) on 14th July 2015 (referred to hereafter as CDC Local Plan). About one third of the Parish is in the South Downs National Park (SDNP) which is managed by the SDNP Authority and due to have a Local Plan available in 2017.
The Introduction details the purpose of the Plan and describes the extensive local consultation undertaken, and the required statutory consultation process.
The Vision and Objectives are derived from the local consultation process which helped identify the special qualities of Wisborough Green which are cherished by residents and visitors, and the strong determination to maintain this vibrant community.
About Wisborough Green describes the history and heritage of this rural village, the current status and the issues it faces. Strong emphasis is given to the importance and impact of the diverse and beautiful country landscape in creating the environmental setting of Wisborough Green. The 14 character area assessments completed for the Village Design Guide provide evidence for the present and highlights how its rich and unique history has created the village of today.
Each section details the important aspects that contribute to the thriving community such as local economy, community and leisure facilities. The current issues relating to transport, parking, and housing needs have also been detailed. The SWOT table at the end of this section analyses how such issues can be categorised as strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to Wisborough Green.
The Policy section contains a series of 31 policies that will deliver the objectives and where possible, enhance the identified special qualities of Wisborough Green. Each policy has an intent and reasoned justification that provide guidelines to protect and contribute to the traditional setting and character of the community.
This section also includes explanation to the assessment of available development locations and the spatial strategy, and individual site details including phasing, site numbers and community benefits.
Although not a statutory requirement of a Neighbourhood Plan, a Community Action Plan has been included. This section sets out a series of desired projects arising from the public consultations and local residents’ ideas for improvement and sustainable growth within the Parish.
The Neighbourhood Plan concludes with an Appendix. This includes a list of evidence which underpins the rationale of the Plan. This evidence been presented throughout the document in a range of formats from tables and charts to reasoned justification.
The Parish Council would like to thank all the local people who have helped in the development of our Neighbourhood Plan, contributed valuable ideas and suggestions and invaluable time throughout the consultation process.