2nd Kirdford Parish Neighbourhood Plan Meeting

Well tonight was another good turnout from the village – the church was packed to the rafters. It was the finalisation of the three days of hard work, which was brought together, as a presentation by the Prince’s Foundation.

 

All the key points that the villagers had voiced their opinions about on Monday night had been put within the proposal. It was re-iterated many times that the proposal is the word that was being used but this isn’t the final proposal, it was just a term to denote the proceedings.

 

Everyone was asked to look at the ‘proposal’ as a village project not at the impact it has on us as individuals. We have to have some growth and this way if we can agree a Neighbourhood Plan then we will decide what growth we have and where. We have to make our bit of green England sustainable for the future generations. After all this plan, if approved by us the villagers, will be for the next 15 years – there is no magic wand, this is not going to happen overnight. We will have a referendum, so we each have a voice as to whether this is what we want for our village or not.

 

Many people have already been working hard to get us to this point i.e. Parish Council and the Steering Group, but there is much more work to be done. There will be other opportunities for everyone to see the work that has already been completed at a series of open days, the time and place are yet to be decided. I urge everyone to take the time to go and have a look and become involved in this Plan.

 

It should cause quite a talking point in the pub!

 

 

Written by @xSussexBlondex

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Energy Saving Drop In Event

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As part of Big Energy Saving Week, Action in Rural Sussex and the West Sussex Fuel Poverty Partnership are holding a free drop-in event with advice and information on various energy saving measures.

Energy saving for all the family

Saturday 27 October 2012, Kirdford Village Store, 10am to 1pm.

You can:

  • have a go on the Smoothie Bike! Make a refreshing drink by using your own pedal power;
  • get ideas and tips on how to save energy and reduce your bills;
  • find out about collective oil buying schemes; and,
  • tell us about your energy saving tips.

For more information on these events please contact Action in Rural Sussex.

Kirdford Parish Neighbourhood Plan Meeting

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Well there were more people in the Church than I have ever seen, so I assume this is now a subject close to a lot of people's heart. Adding another 100 houses to village will affect everyone, but that was not what the meeting was all about.

So the Government have bought in the Localism Act, this by all intents and purposes put the kibosh on our Community Lead Plan (that we, the village, had put two years work on) the new thing to have is a Parish Neighbourhood Plan, the team are two months away from completing the plan.

It became evident to me, that Chichester District Council are not our friends when it comes to deciding on what happens in our village. Don't get me wrong, there will be a need to expand the village, the building of homes is inevitable, but if we can get a Neighbourhood Plan ratified, it ties the hands of the Council in what, how and where these properties consist of.

Because Kirdford already has a CLP, we are ahead of the game, this has been recognised and we have been awarded a grant to produce the Neighbourhood Plan; this is where the Prince's Foundation comes in.
The Prince's Foundation are experts in community planning and helping communities formulate their own Neighbourhood Plans. They have planners, experts in highways, experts in social planning etc. – a very good organisation working alongside you.

The goal of today's meeting was to get the 'local's' view on what should go into the plan, this was done by doing various exercises around the church, highlighting what to keep around the village, where the opportunities for expansion are etc.

The Foundation will be working thought the night, then having a workshop with key stakeholders tomorrow with a view to producing a proposal for the village Wednesday night.

Once the plan has been formulated, by both our team together with the Prince's Foundation, there will be referendum, so that everyone in the Village can say yea or nea to the proposal, if it is approved, it will then be submitted to Chichester District Council, once this is done it is a legal document, giving the Council Planners a policy document on what they can and cannot approve about the developments in our Village. It is hoped that the Neighbourhood Plan can be submitted to CDC in spring 2013.

I think I have understood what came across this evening:
If we do nothing, Chichester has carte blanch to do whatever they like with our Village.
If we agree a Neighbourhood Plan, we, the Village, control how our beautiful home grows over the coming years.

The choice is yours.