As part of St. Stephen Parish Council’s drive towards formulating a Neighbourhood Plan, a Community Survey recently conducted throughout the three villages in the Parish – Park Street, Chiswell Green and Bricket Wood – has generated a residents’ ‘Wish List’ covering areas such as Housing Development, Community Facilities, Transport, Environment and Business.
Although the results showed that 80% of the respondents wanted to remain living in the area, there was an also an overwhelming call for smaller more affordable housing, bungalows and retirement-style properties.
Councillor Bill Pryce, who heads up the Neighbourhood Plan Development Team, makes the point that:
“This is not just a subjective whim but a real desire by the residents, not just those looking to downsize, to open up the area to young families. If future developments were to focus on smaller units, such as one/two bedroom units, two/three bedroom houses and some warden assisted accommodation, it would benefit both young families and our older residents and, additionally, add to the housing stock available to newcomers.”
In May the Neighbourhood Plan team will be holding public meetings, to gain further comment from residents on the type of development and where that development might be sited.
The meetings will be held on:
Tuesday 9 May, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
United Reform Church West Riding Bricket Wood
Wednesday 10 May, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
How Wood School, Spooners Drive, Park Street
Monday 15 May, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
United Reform Church, Watford Road, Chiswell Green
Please come and have your say.
For more information on the progress of the Plan go to Neighbourhood Plan