Gt Waldingfield Neighbourhood Plan

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

November 2017

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.

October 2017

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:

  • to oversee the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) for Great Waldingfield in order that these will then progress to Independent Examination and a successful community referendum and ultimately be adopted by Babergh District Council to become planning policy.
  • to engage with the local community to ensure that the NP is truly representative of the ambitions of Great Waldingfield. The Group will maximise support for the approach taken in the NP by ensuring high levels of community engagement throughout the plan-making process.
The full Terms of Reference for the GWSG can be seen HERE.  The 4 resident members of the GWPS will now be appointed from those people offering their services and in addition the Parish Council will be looking for volunteers to:
  • assist the steering group
  • help distribute information to residents in the parish
  • help to collate the residents’ responses from surveys issued during the development of the plan.

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.

September 2017

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:

  • What do you like / to preserve?
  • What do you dislike?
  • What would you add?
  • One thing you would change?

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.

August 2017

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:

  • Housing - the amount, location, type and style of housing
  • Employment - how best to protect employment
  • Heritage - what is important and how best to protect
  • Recreation - improving green open spaces and play / youth facilities
  • Sites for development - the best use for various sites around the village
  • Energy - maximise on-site renewable energy generation.

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:

  • work / assist on a steering group
  • help distribute information to residents in the parish
  • help to collate the residents’ responses from surveys issued during the development of the plan. 

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.

July 2017

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.