Why are we making a Neighbourhood Plan?
- To involve the whole village in shaping the future of Great Waldingfield
- To make sure that future development will not damage our village
- To find ways to protect and improve the village ourselves
2036 – The Vision
- A rural village, surrounded by farmland
- A thriving school, pub and shop
- New housing has a real village character and fits well into the landscape
- Everyone has access to fast broadband
- Church remains an important landmark in the village
- New facilities for young and old to keep us all healthy
How can we get there?
- We make a strong, detailed Neighbourhood Plan
- Voted for in a village referendum
- Independently examined and validated by Babergh
- With the same status as the Joint Local Plan
- It is then used to determine all planning applications in the village.
What is in the Neighbourhood Plan?
Detailed guidelines on:
- What we want to protect
- What we want to improve
- How we are going to do it
In six key areas:
- Natural Environment
- Historic Environment
- Community Facilities
What was done in 2017/18?
- The boundary for the Neighbourhood Plan was decided
- A Steering Group was set up
- The village was asked what it wanted to protect and what needed improving
- Objectives were written based on this
- Evidence was gathered on the village past and present
Why did we decide to continue in 2019?
Many dangers of not doing it:
- Unsuitable/suburban development
- Green spaces and landscape views could be destroyed
- Wildlife could be decimated
- Community facilities could be lost
Many advantages of doing it:
- Avoid all of the above
- Increased money to the village for each house built (CIL money)
Why is 2020 so important?
- Focus/discussion groups to develop ideas in the six key areas will take place
- A village survey will allow everyone to have their say
- Guidelines/policies for the final Neighbourhood Plan will start to be written
How can you help?
We need people who care about the village to:
- Talk to neighbours
- Encourage others to get involved
- Help to deliver and collect surveys
- Join discussion groups to decide what we want to protect and improve and ways to do it