St Stephen Parish Council has been successful in obtaining a further grant from the Community Rights Programme to support its development of the Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish. The Community Rights Programme is part of the government’s Localism policy and supports communities in their endeavours to improve conditions for residents and local businesses. The grant has been welcomed by St Stephen Parish Councillor Bill Pryce, who is leading the Neighbourhood Plan initiative which, once adopted, will influence the future face of the villages of Bricket Wood, Chiswell Green and Park Street.
Councillor Pryce explains:
“While much of the work formulating the plan is being undertaken by local residents on a voluntary basis, this grant will enable the council to fund essential external support. Although there is a depth of talent and expertise within the volunteer force, there will always be areas where we need the assistance of specialists to ensure that the plan, in its end form, is sufficiently robust and effective to do the job intended.”
Councillor Pryce also reiterates the need for local residents to contribute to the plan by what he calls ‘having their say’.
“The Neighbourhood Plan is all about maintaining the good bits and improving the ‘not so good bits’ in the community, be it the right type of housing development, preserving the green belt, keeping footpaths open, ensuring we have an adequate transport system and much more.
We welcome residents’ views and I would encourage everyone to take the opportunity to comment on the five key questions “
- What do you want to see safeguarded?
- What do you like about the area?
- What do you dislike about the area?
- What don’t you have now that you would like to see in the future?
- Are there any areas that you don’t want to see developed?
If you have not already given your comments on these questions at the public consultations, you can do so by email, including ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org