Parish Neighbourhood Plan, the story so far.
Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group was set up in May 2017
following public meetings in Blackwell and Newbold. Michael
Payne was Chair and did a fantastic amount of preparatory work,
but has sadly had to hand over the reins for personal reasons.
We have great
commitment and support from the Parish Council and Parish
Councillors Deborah Williams and David Botterill are active
Group members. They keep lines of communication open. The new
Parish Clerk, Ian Wilson.
Questionnaires have been prepared with the help of Simon
Purfield at Stratford District Council. These have been passed
to Parish Councilllors for their consideration. Simon Purfield
will make any amendments needed and arrange for printing. Group
members will deliver the questionnaires to every home in the
Parish early in the New Year and explain the importance of
Many of the
services provided by Stratford District Council are free of
charge, including the Environmental Assessment, but the analysis
of responses to questionnaires involves a great deal of work, by
SDC, which must be paid for. The Group will also be recommending
the appointment of Neil Pearce (Avon Planning Services) as the
Group’s Planning Consultant. Neil has wide experience of
advising Neighbourhood Plan Groups most of which have been
brought into legal force.
the link between Government and front-line community
organisations set up to ‘change where you live for the better’,
provides grants to Neighbourhood Plan Groups to cover:
Developing a website, training sessions
for members of the steering group, help with putting together a
project plan, undertaking a household survey, help with
developing the evidence base
engaging a planning expert, venue hire,
publicity materials, printing and other costs.
obtained quotations and applied to ‘Locality’ for a grant to
cover many of the above.
Don’t be frightened to make your
views known. It’s no good complaining when it is too late! If
you want to get involved please contact: Nigel Willis at
Sally Ward at