SOMPTING’S NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Do you care about Sompting?
Have you ever wanted the chance to manage Sompting’s future? : to share with others, your thoughts on how you want Sompting to be now and in the future?
Be able to share your issues and concerns with others?
Create a lasting community vision for Sompting?
IF SO – THIS IS YOUR BEST OPPORTUNITY TO DO JUST THAT !!
Central Government has offered you as part of a local community to join with others and plan the future of the area where you live and/or work, through neighbourhood planning. A neighbourhood plan will contain policies or statements affecting for example, land use, transportation, education, housing, business development, local employment, open spaces, access to countryside, provision of and safeguarding community facilities, strengthening existing and creating new conservation areas, nature reserves - policies that will reflect the community’s vision.
What it can’t have is a policy for no growth especially in housing.
What it CAN do is have policies that control housing growth, its design / style and housing type.
Sompting Parish Council, is the only authority through the Localism Act 2011, able to promote a neighbourhood plan for Sompting. However, it cannot derive it itself. A neighbourhood plan has to be created and then approved by the community. It has to go through other tests as well as an independent examination to make sure the plan is realistic, fits in with the planning policies
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
It is a Planning document.
It will contain planning policies affecting land use, transportation, education, housing, business development giving local employment, change of use.
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Housing growth: Get development done with the community backing, not done to community. What style, design of development, where and when, retirement housing? Affordable housing, self-build?
Open Space, recreational and community facilities: safeguarding existing and creating new, access to National Park, footpaths and bridleways, cycle routes, equestrian needs, playgrounds with development? Section 106 more say in spending where and on what
Transportation: NOT A27, cycle routes, buses, community buses, car parks
Education: Is the education for all ages? WSCC manage school education.
Village Centre: Empty shops, enough? mixture of goods, crime, environment
Business and Employment: Again do we want more? Where etc.
Conservation Areas etc: Preserving the character of Sompting, Nature reserves? Sompting buildings-preserving - changing the use?
It has to be led by the residential and business community, not the Parish Council not the District Council. It is about building neighbourhoods – not stopping growth.
Adur District Council is creating its Local Development Plan. It currently has an outdated (through legislation) Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan when approved will either form part of the Local Plan or be the steer for the Local Development Plan – it depends on timing. If no Local Plan then the Neighbourhood Plan will only need to be compliant with national planning policy.
South Downs National Park Authority is also creating its Local Development Plan. North of the A27 around existing residential development is within the National Park. The Neighbourhood Plan will need to comply with this Local Development Plan.
The Neighbourhood Plan needs to comply with the Local Plan. For example, the Neighbourhood Plan cannot state that Sompting wants less housing than allocated – if it does it will not be approved.
Even in Sompting there will be single issues and the usual suspects involved. The Neighbourhood Plan needs to show to at the inspection stage that the Plan has been derived by the whole community not just the few. If necessary, those involved will have to accept a compromise on certain issues, to get the Plan completed. If not, then the Plan will not benefit Sompting and it will not pass the referendum.
The referendum is the winning post. If the Plan is not voted by 51% of those voting it will be withdrawn.
The Neighbourhood Plan will cover the whole Parish – the Parish boundary will be its extent. It will not enter into Lancing or Worthing though it may have an impact to the neighbouring Councils and the National Park.
WHAT IS THE Parish Council doing?
The Parish Council is promoting the Neighbourhood Plan. It is not creating the Plan, it has no fixed ideas of what will or should come out of the Plan. BUT it does need to lead or steer the production.
The Parish Council will work with the community to compile a Plan which produces policies on issues that matter to the community.
The Council priority is to introduce the Plan, what it is about, inform residents etc how to get their voice heard, how to get involved.
It will create the opportunities for residents to meet and GET INVOLVED; to talk about issues and concerns, produce questionnaires based on initial findings and be part of the steering group.
WHAT STAGE IS THE PLAN AT?
A Steering Group has been formed – consists of Action in Rural Sussex staff, 3 Parish Councillors, representatives from Adur District Council Planning Policy, representative from Sompting Estates Managing Agents, Lancing Business Park representative.
Setting up focus groups where the issues and concerns from residents can be gathered and discussed. The steering group then considers those issues etc and starts to form a Plan. Questionnaires, surveys will be processed concentrating on raised Plan issues and concerns.
By clicking here a presentation describing what a neighbourhood plan consists of and how you can become involved.
If you want more information about how this plan and how to be part of it - please contact the Clerk by telephoning 07813484857, or emailing him firstname.lastname@example.org or discussing your interests with your local councillor. BACK TO HOME