Neighbourhood Plan

Current Status:

Thank You to everyone who took the time to complete their Village Surveys. We have had a fantastic response – over 310 have been completed. This is the best response we have had to any of our Surveys, ever. Apologies that it was long and complicated but Planning is a complicated matter. Bear with us while we analyse the responses and watch this space for the results.

Young Persons Questionnaire -the deadline has now passed for the Youth Survey. Results will be available shortly.

The Parish Council commissioned a Housing Needs Assessment for Ashington in early March 2017. This was recommended by HDC and will be undertaken by a Planning Consultant and it will assess the need for open market and affordable homes in the Parish.

Part 1 Site Assessment decisions have been made:

Rejected because of their isolation from the BUAB – Sites 3,7, 18, 21, 25

Rejected as the owner/agent has failed to respond to our Part1 site assessment correspondence – Sites 20, 24. Site 14 was originally rejected but contact has been re-established and paperwork completed.

19 sites will be taken forward to Part 2 Site Assessment: 9 are at least partly within the BUAB (Sites 1,11,12,13,14,15,19,23,26); 7 are abutting the BUAB (Sites 4,5,6,10,16,17,22); 3 are proposing business uses (associated with an existing business or adjacent to a business park, Sites 2,8,9).

Progress to Part 2 is NOT an allocation of sites – just an indication that we want more information on proposals that meet Community and Housing Needs.

An updated project plan has been produced – there has been some slippage due to a number of reasons but it is still expected that a Draft Neighbourhood Plan will be produced by the end of 2017 PROJECT PLAN December 2016

Status of Neighbourhood Plans: following the recent overturn by the High Court of Henfield’s Neighbourhood Plan it has been decided to hold a full review of the work done to date on the Ashington Neighbourhood Plan to make sure it has all been done comprehensively and that our Call for Sites and site assessment/selection strategy is acceptable. This may lead to some delay with progress. A new Neighbourhood Plan Officer has been recruited by HDC and has met with the Neighbourhood Plan Clerk & member of the Steering Group and a summary of the meeting is available Meeting with HDC 9th January 2017.

Community Consultation: is well underway. A detailed Survey is being produced based on information gathered from many open events, general surveys, drop-in sessions, feedback from community groups, focus groups etc. A Business Survey was undertaken in November 2016: business-survey-summary-dec-2016, a Young Persons survey is being drafted. The results of all surveys will be used to produce a State of the Parish report. It is anticipated that the detailed survey will be distributed in February 2017.

Call for sites: A total of 26 sites will be considered within the Neighbourhood Plan. A list of sites can be seen here: site-submissions-23rd-november-2016

Part 1 Site Assessment decisions were made by the Steering Group on 6th February 2017: Part 1 Site Assessment Decisions February 2017 A total of 19 sites will be considered in Part 2 of this process.

Maps of sites: 

Ashington Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group recently agreed upon a two part ‘Site Assessment’ process for all those sites submitted for consideration in the Neighbourhood Plan.
Part 1 will assess basic compliance with HDC’s HDPF site-selection-criteria-part-1-november-2016
Part 2 will assess details of development proposals and how they will benefit Ashington. site-selection-criteria-part-2-november-2016

Only those sites passing Part 1 will be taken forward for Part 2 assessment. We appreciate that we have not yet completed our State of the Parish report so our community needs are not yet documented. Part 2 assessment is reliant upon our State of the Parish Report so will take place once we have completed this work.

Focus Group work has now begun. A SWOT analysis has been completed and the results will be used to develop a detailed village survey.focus-group-swot-analysis-sept-2016

A General Summary of the SWOT analysis can be seen here. This gives a more ‘broad-brush’ picture of what residents consider to be the main Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in Ashington. swot-analysis-summary

The results of the General Village Survey have been analysed. We have separated the raw data out into our 5 Focus Group headings to allow for easier analysis and each can be viewed here: Community MattersEconomy and BusinessEnvironmentPlanningTransport and produced a headline summary which can be viewed here: Summary of Results v1.

A Community Profile of Ashington is now available and will be used to identify key parish statistics appropriate for consideration in the Neighbourhood Plan. RuralPlaceProfile_E04009948_Ashington

Karen Dare is the Neighbourhood Plan Clerk, supporting the work of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee and Focus Groups.

A draft Project Plan has been produced:  DRAFT PROJECT PLAN December 2015. As of 14th October the Community Consultation period is running behind schedule due to the difficulty recruiting Focus Group members and delayed Focus Group start over the summer holiday period. However, the Call for Sites work is on schedule.

A Frequently Asked Questions document on Neighbourhood Plans has been produced FAQ September 2016

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