Property Recycling Group and Jaynic are inviting local residents, businesses and other stakeholders to a public consultation event on their Draft Masterplan for the Shepherd’s Grove area, and particularly the proposals for the development of the available land for employment, residential and other purposes.
Full details and a copy of the draft Masterplan and a questionnaire to put forward your views can be found at:
There are a few key meetings coming up and it would help to get as many interested people together as is possible.
Thursday 15th November – 7pm Priory Room
Joint meeting with Parish Council to meet with Council Officers , first to discuss CIL how we can get it and spend it and maybe a little about how best to construct our Neighbourhood plan…..what will get us through hoops and on to referendum as quickly as possible. Jimmy will be drawing up a draft agenda and key questions.
Thursday 29th November – 7pm Priory Room
In the light of discussions (above) with Council Officers to discuss the best structure for our plan and the best process to achieve that. A key part of this is learning from what others are doing. Take a look at the Mendlesham Plan online which is currently the only completed and live plan in Mid -Suffolk. There are others. If you have views on the neighbourhood plan, take a look and bring your thoughts on how to take the plan forward.
Thursday 24th of January
A meeting dedicated to exploring what the vision should be for the Village what the key building blocks of the Plan should be. What are our ‘must haves’ and ‘won’t haves’?
The drop in event was a great success and the footfall and the numbers of people saying they wanted to be actively involved took the organisers by surprise. The Chair, Phil Newby, has thanked everyone for contributing to the success of the event. A truly brilliant result.
Suggestions collected on post-it notes around what may become the main strands of the plan, will now be transcribed and made available. There were around 140 signatures in agreement with the Parish Boundary as the Plan Boundary which is more than statistically significant for Walsham.
An application will now be submitted by the via the Parish Clerk. This will mean that the Walsham will then be recognised by the District Council as a Live Neighbourhood Plan Parish.
A Wash-Up meeting will be held on July 4th at 7pm in the Blue Boar. On the agenda, as well as a drink, will be the picking of the winning entries from the competition to create a Neighbourhood Plan logo (children from the village stepped up enthusiastically to this task) and to talk about how the working groups will be set up to run over the summer and how promotion will be organised for Garden’s Weekend.
One last appeal for volunteers (pdf) from of Chair of Parish Council, Maggie Barber, to get this project off the ground for the future of the village. What skills do you have? Can you offer any of the following or are you able to have a go with others? If so please contact Maggie (details at bottom of every page) with an idea of what you could bring to this village enterprise.
Planning e.g. general familiarity with the planning system, development plan documents, writing policies etc
Community engagement and communication e.g. understanding community engagement processes and methods, leadership, motivation and communication skills
Marketing, promotion and consultation e.g. designing leaflets, promotional material, questionnaires and surveys
Funding and delivery e.g. sources of funding, grant/funding applications, fund-raising
Writing, editorial, graphic design e.g. report writing, editing/proofing, design of reports, maps, plans and other graphics
Computers and Information Technology e.g. wordprocessing spreadsheets, managing website, social media, web-based information
Expertise in specific topic areas, e.g: housing, transport or the historic environment.