The Neighbourhood Plan So Far
The current themes of the Walsham Neighbourhood Plan have been proposed by group members, refined and widely endorsed by the community at our first drop-in day held 27th June 2018. The biggest planning issue raised by most people in Walsham le Willows is concern about inappropriate and over development.
This is illustrated by the plan for a 66 home housing estate due to be built outside the village envelope at the top of Wattisfield Road. Planners granted permission despite vehement Parish Council and local objections and in the face of strong evidence from traffic surveys demonstrating the location’s unsuitability for development at this scale. Permission was granted in the absence of a village Neighbourhood Plan and because the District Council has failed to adopt its Local Plan.
The good news however, is that this development along with the smaller one for 22 houses opposite it, have been included as contributing towards the current housing requirement for Walsham as a core village. This leaves us to find a site or sites for another 8 houses to meet the current quota.
We are still waiting for the revised Local Plan to be adopted by the local authority (mid-Suffolk District Council). This has been delayed due to Coronavirus as well as other issues. Local plans are revised every five years and with each revision it is possible that more housing could be required by the local authority. But with a Neighbourhood Plan in place people in Walsham can influence and manage any ongoing growth requirement to the long term benefit of the village.
Meeting & Document TimelineDocuments, meeting notes, resources are listed below as work on the plan proceeds. Find future meeting dates and an idea of what is going to be discussed and when (although all subject to change). If you think anything else should appear here then please make contact to let us know. NB the search box here returns results based on document titles and dates, not content. To search the whole site use the search box at the top of the site on very page.
|Index||Date||Document / Planned Discussion|
|39||Planned Meeting Dates||Provisional Plan of meeting dates and events pencilled in for each month.
February 4th | 18th
March 4th | 18th
April 1st | 15th | 29th
|38||January 21st 2021||Draft Agenda|
|37||January 7th 2021||Meeting cancelled due to the impact of family committments of lockdown.
Local Plan Online Meeting - notes by Suzi Martineau
|36||November 26th & December 10th 2020||Both these meetings were cancelled the latter due to technical issues.|
|35||November 12th 2020||Minutes
|34||October 29th 2020||Cancelled|
|33||October 15th 2020||Minutes|
|32||September 17th 2020 | Memorial Hall 7pm||Notes from meeting
Due to Covid restrictions places are limited to 15 but this is an opportunity for anyone who was involved prior to Covid to find out what the core group have been doing over lockdown and to hear about the latest twists and turns in thinking, both the group’s and the government’s.
• Feedback from housing consultation event
• Update on incoming changes in planning law and neighbourhood plans
• What we need to do going forwards
|31||September 3rd 2020||Agenda - First sift of sites and process for future development to be agreed beginning with the suggestions which emerged from exhibition day on 23rd. Opportunity to get ahead of the game as the government has indicated a desire for a more truncated approach to Neighbourhood Planning. To focus on development and agreeing a way ahead.|
|30||13th August 2020||Core group Meeting 7pm | Notes | discussion was about the first proposals coming out of the consultation day plus the implications of the new planning proposals from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick
Due to increasing work commitments and the fact that more progress has made during lockdown than previously the group agreed to a fortnightly format to keep momentum.
|29||8th August 2020||Walsham Neighbourhood Plan makes the Bury Free Press|
|28||July 30th 2020||Core group Meeting 5.30pm | Notes | reflection on outcomes of exhibition day and to formulate plans for next steps|
|27||July 23rd 2020||An open air (barn door open), socially distanced, exhibition day to engage the community on the housing proposal for the plan.
The large master plan for sites location worked extremely well and has revealed some useful leads as well as some patterns about where and where not people want to see development happen.
Focus now on housing policies and planning the next drop in day for Environment (possibly Sept 10th In Church Farm Barn)
Documents will be added to this timeline soon.
|26||July 8th 2020||Core group Meeting - planning and preparation for exhibition day|
|25||July 1st 2020||Core group Meeting - planning and preparation for exhibition day|
|24||June 25th 2020||Core group Meeting - planning and preparation for exhibition day|
|23||June 18th 2020||Meeting Notes
Housing Needs Survey - 2015
|22||June 11th 2020||Meeting notes|
|21||June 4th 2020||Meeting notes|
|20||March 12th 2020||Notes from Meeting|
|19||February 13th 2020||Notes from Meeting
|18||August 5th 2019||Draft Local Plan - Notice of Consultation
View the consultation document online, and to submit your comments
Drop in Session dates and Submit your Comments
|17||July 11th 2019||Historical development of the village ‘in a nutshell’
|16||6th June 2019||To look at some likely potential (preferred and reserved) sites for discussion|
|15||2nd May 2019||Minutes
|14||28th February 2019||Agenda|
|13||25th February 2019||Community Infrastructure Levy and how to access it.
Includes the the link to the publicly available developer contributions database so you can see what is available.
|12||24th February 2019||Steps towards adoption of a Neighbourhood Plan
Neighbourhood Plan Website
|11||22nd February 2019||Draft Masterplan for proposed development of Shepherd's Grove site, Stanton
More information can be found at: http://www.shepherdsgrovestanton-masterplan.co.uk
|10||27th January 2019||BMSDC Draft Housing Land Supply Position Statement & Consultation timelines|
|9||29th November 2018||Notes from Meeting|
|8||4th October 2018||Minutes|
|7||31 July 2018||WleW NP Area Designation Notice
|6||26th July 2018||Minutes|
|5||27th June 2018||News item 'all day' drop in session - Plan Boundary
Views collected on proposed strands of the Neighbourhood Plan...
Design | Environment | Flood Risk | Green Issues | Heritage | Housing | Jobs & Shops | | School & Early YearsSports & Lesiure | Traffic | Transport | Anything Else
|4||31 May 2018||Minutes|
|3||25th April 2018||Minutes
|2||28th March 2018||Minutes|
|1||27th February 2018||Draft Mission Statement|