Consultation Completed!

Another milestone reached in the development of our Neighbourhood Plan with the completion of the Regulation 14 consultation on the 19th February. Many thanks indeed to those who took time to complete the survey – over 300 or so parishioners at the finish! Many thanks, too, to the Community Groups, Parish Councillors and Steering Group members who were actively engaged in spreading the word.

We are now in the early stages of a very careful review of the responses from all the interested parties which include developers and agents which, as you might expect, is no trivial task. Whilst we are not required to respond to comments individually, we do have to address and report them to the independent examiner as evidence of our consultation.

In general, the three sites selected were well supported as were the distinctive views, green spaces and protection of our heritage assets. Recurring themes, - which I have to remind you are beyond the specific remit of the Plan and captured in Appendix 1 “Community Aspirations’ - included traffic, public transport and parking. These concerns were understandably heightened by the proposed ‘area of search’ for a new Winchfield/Murrell Green development in the Hart District Plan. The Parish Council and Preservation Society are on the case!

Down the track is a public referendum the timing of which hopefully we’ll be firming up on soon, so please stay engaged!

Chris Farrance
Chairman, Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group