In July 2017 Great Waldingfield Parish Council agreed to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) for the Parish of Great Waldingfield. The councillors felt that a NP will be the best way to ensure that new development in and around the village is located where residents think best. Also, the amenities that the community want in return for taking the housing will also be part of any plan. Hence our mantra for the development of the NP is
“Shape the Plan - don't fight the planning applications”.
Below you can find a monthly review of what has happened in the process to date and you will find links on the left to the detailed documents and minutes produced so far. If you have any questions or wish to offer your support to the project please contact Dave Crimmin
The Steering Committee has now finalised its approach for gathering evidence from residents, groups and businesses within the parish and during May they plan to speak to as many residents as possible in order to consider their views and opinions. The Steering Group is also undertaking a Call for Sites where they ask landowners in the village to come forward if they have land that will help Great Waldingfield achieve its vision and objectives.
A notice will be placed in the Suffolk Free Press on Thursday 17th and 24th May 2018 regading the Call for Sites and the May edition of GW News also has details. Landowners in the parish known to the Steering Group or who have asked to be kept updated with the NP as it progresses, will also be contacted directly regarding the Call for Sites.
At the end of April Carol Hutchison had to resign from the Steering Group as her new role at work left her little tiime to undertake Steering Group tasks. However, she is still able to be a member of the Support Team.
Much has happened in February as far the Great Waldingfield Neighbourhood Plan is concerned with 3 more resident members joining the Steering Group (SG) and the volunteers helping the SG in undertaking its first round of consultation with Great Waldingfield residents.
Keith Watson, Renuka Baldwin and Roger Knight have joined Carol Hutcinson and Clare Kiely as the resident representatives on the SG. Cecil Allard, John Steele, Barry Abson and Linda Rushton are the Parish Council representatives.
The hardy band of volunteers joined the SG members in distributing the Vision and Objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) to all Great Waldingfield households in February so that each member of the community would have the opportunity to give the SG their thoughts and opinions on the points raised. Responses were received from 34 households (5%) and the SG are now ensuring that the Vision and Objectives reflects what has been raised. The SG are grateful to all those who responded.
Looking ahead, the SG members are this month catching up with our planning consultant to review the information received to date and then to plan the next stages of the consultations with residents and stakeholders. Of particular importance will be the evidence that will needed to be collated in order to support the NP when it is reviewed by stakeholders and Babergh District Council during the remaining stages of its development and when it goes through an Independent Examination.
The Steering Group has published its draft of the Great Waldingfield's Neighbourhood Plan Vision and Objectives for residents feedback. A leaflet will be delivered to each household and residents are encouraged to give their views on the content. At the end of the day the Neighbourhood Plan will be owned by the residents of Great Waldingfield so it is important that it reflects the residents' aspirations.
Please see the VISION & OBJECTIVES page to review the draft and how to give your feedback.
There is also a Questions and Answers page relating to the Great Waldingfield Neighbourhood Plan HERE.
The Steering Group agreed the final version of the draft Vision and Objectives leaflet to be distributed to residents for their feedback at their meeting on the 25th January and agreed that the Steering Group members and their supporters will distribute in early February to each household in the village. At the meeting with the supporters it was agreed that a Neighbourhood Plan Question and Answer guide would also be available alonside the leaflet.
At the Steering Group meeting on the 21st December the members further developed the draft Vision and Objectives that were discussed at the November training session. The members agreed to further develop these ahead of their January meeting where they would be finalised for publication to Great Waldingfield's residents. It was also agreed to meet with the residents who had offered to support the Steering Group with the community engagement tasks.
At the first Steering Group meeting held on 26th October 2017, the 4 councillor members reviewed the applications from residents to join the group and appointed Carol Hutchinson and Clare Kiely as the first resident members of the Steering Group. The members of the Steering Group continue to look for 2 further resident members and for more residents to offer their support to the Steering Group.
At the Steering Group meeting on the 23rd November our planning consultant Chris Bowden undertook a training session on Neighbourhood Planning and a workshop which started the process of defining the vision and objectives of the Great Waldingfield Neighbourhood Plan. The next Steering Group meeting will take place on Thursday 21st December and the monthly meetings in 2018 will be held on the last Thursday of each month, except December.
The Parish Council has now allocated 4 councillors, Cecil Allard (Chairman), Barry Abson, Linda Rushton and John Steele to the Great Waldingfield Steering Group (GWSG) whose purpose it is:
Whilst some tasks may call upon your time on a reasonably regular basis, most tasks will be short and require your occasional help. If you can offer your time for any of these roles please send an EMAIL to Dave Crimmin (or write to him at Cragston, Sudbury Road, Newton, Sudbury, CO10 0QH) giving your name, address and contact details.
The public meeting on the 18th September was attended by 48 people with a further 11 residents sending their apologies but requesting to be kept updated with progress. A copy of the presentation given at the meeting can be seen HERE as can the questions raised and the answers given at the meeting. Those present were asked a number of questions about Great Waldingfield:
the answers to which can be seen HERE.
If you were unable to attend but wish to send in your views on these, please send an EMAIL to Dave Crimmin (or write to him at Cragston, Sudbury Road, Newton, Sudbury, CO10 0QH) giving your name, address and contact details so that you can be kept updated as the project progresses.
The Parish Council has now received its first grant from My Community of £6,721 towards its costs of developing the Neighbourhood Plan for the 6 months starting from the 1st October 2017. The grant covers the costs of engaging with the residents of Great Waldingfield, training and supporting the Great Waldingfield Steering Group and paying for the consultant's costs.
The Parish Council has now had its application to designate the whole of the geographical area of the parish as the formal NP Area accepted by BDC. At its August meeting the Parish Council agreed to invite residents to attend a meeting at Great Waldingfield Village Hall on Monday 18th September between 7pm and 8.30pm to help them understand the Neighbourhood Plan process.
At the meeting it will be explained what a Neighbourhood Plan is, how it is developed and the role that the community has during its development. What a Neighbourhood Plan can cover is largely up to residents, but the following may be considered as being of importance to Great Waldingfield:
At the meeting if residents agree to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan, it will be a plan that is owned and ultimately shaped by you as a member of the Great Waldingfield community. The Parish Council will be looking for volunteers to:
Whilst some tasks may call upon your time on a reasonably regular basis, most tasks will be short and require your occasional help.
If you are unable to attend the meeting on the 18th September but would like to receive regular updates on how things progress and / or are able to offer your skills, please complete this MS Word FORM or PDF FORM and return to the Clerk. The form will also be included in the September edition of the GW News.
Great Waldingfield Parish Council has held discussions with Babergh District Council on its emerging district Local Plan and the likely impact that this will have on Great Waldingfield. What has become evident to councillors, is that in the Government's drive for more housing in the country, Great Waldingfield will have to take a share of this.
The councillors have looked at the options open to the community and feel that a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) will be the best way to ensure that new development in and around the village is located where residents think best. Also, the amenities that the community want in return for taking the housing will also be part of any plan. Hence our mantra for the development of the NP is
“Shape the Plan - don't fight the planning applications”.
There will be a public meeting planned in early September 2017 for residents to understand what a NP is all about and whether they think that it is the right thing for Great Waldingfield to undertake. If it is agreed to proceed with a NP it will be a plan that is owned and ultimately shaped by the community of Great Waldingfield.
The Parish Council decided at its last meeting to apply to Babergh District Council to designate the whole of the geographical area of the parish as the formal NP Area. The District Council formally commenced a consultation in relation to the area extent of the NP on the 23rd June 2017 and this will last 4 weeks. You can find the full information of the consultation on the Babergh website. Formal notices of this will be published in the press and placed be placed on village notice boards.
This page will enable you to follow all the news on the progress of the Great Waldingfield NP and you can register to receive email updates and reminders HERE.