Wellow Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Survey

The Neighbourhood Plan survey is now open and ready for you to complete.

Results from this survey will determine the principles and overall direction of your plan for Wellow.

So, it is very important that you, your family and your neighbours take this opportunity to make your views known.

You can keep up to date on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan on our dedicated web page.

Click here to access the survey

We would recommend that you complete the survey online but If you prefer to do it offline, then a PDF can be downloaded here for you to print out and complete by hand.

Click here to access a copy of the survey for printing out

A copy of the letter which accompanies the survey can also be downloaded.

Click here for a copy of the survey letter

Community facilities/services - Introduction by Team Leader David Mallinson (Oct 2017)

Agenda - Steering Group - 19th November 2018
- Steering Group - 15th September 2018
- Steering Group - 16th July 2018
- Steering Group - 18th June 2018
- Steering Group - 21st May 2018
- Steering Group - 16th April 2018
- Steering Group - 19 March 2018
- Steering Group - 19 February 2018
- Steering Group - 15 January 2018
- Steering Group - 18 December 2017
Agenda - Steering Group - 20 November 2017
- Steering Group - 16 October 2017
- Steering Group - 18 September 2017

Details of the Neighbourhood Plan are posted here as we need all the parish to be aware of the project and what it means for our community.

What we are trying to do?

The Neighbourhood Plan is a formal evidence-based process based on community involvement which, when approved, has formal status from a statutory perspective in terms of local planning policy.

Test Valley Borough Council has an approved Local Plan which has been successfully tested and in the context of our parish does not permit significant new build in Wellow, which is not a designated area for housing development.

Part of Wellow parish falls with the New Forest National Park for which a current Local Plan exists and a new draft Local Plan (2016 – 2036) has been submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

Inspectors have been appointed and hearing dates timetabled foe 6 to 15 November 2018 on the list of matters, issues and questions that the inspectors have raised.

One of the supporting documents forming part of the National Park Authority’s Local Plan submission is a Statement of Common Ground with TVBC.

TVBC is the statutory housing authority for the area of the National Park that lies within Test Valley. Key agreements between TVBC and the National Park Authority on strategic matters are that:

  • the Government’s standardised methodology for calculating housing needs does not apply within the National Park
  • TVBC are unable to assist in meeting the shortfall (c. 460 dwellings over the period to 2036) in the National Park’s housing requirement
  • Both authorities recognise that development in the National Park and adjacent areas has the potential to impact on the internationally protected habitats of the New Forest

Both of the Local Plans (currently in force and under preparation) are important documents as we prepare our Neighbourhood Plan for Wellow.  We need to be able to demonstrate that our Neighbourhood Plan is in conformity with the strategic policies in the adopted Local Plan for the area.  Part of our work is to meet regularly with TVBC (and to ask for guidance and updates on their bi-lateral meetings with the National Park Authority) to check our progress relative to the strategic policies of the borough.

How will the project be done?

Moving the project forward to an approved plan is a multi-step process which needs to follow a clear path so that the results can be externally approved and the plan shown to be based on evidence.  TVBC have a helpful Community Planning template that we are using as our guide.

There are basically five steps:

  1. Set-up
  2. Identify community needs and priorities
  3. Identify and review opportunities and options
  4. Produce a draft plan
  5. Validate and secure approval, including a local referendum

Each step involves detailed community engagement and consultation and is a formal checkpoint before we move on to the next one.  As of October 2018 we are well into step 2 – identifying community needs and priorities.  A key part of this step is the issue and analysis of a community-wide survey.  This will be supplemented by further consultations with businesses, clubs and other groups in the parish.

How are we organised?

A Steering Committee has been set-up with overall responsibility for the project.  This is a formal sub-committee of the Parish Council and consists of both Parish Council and community members.  In simple terms the Parish Council retains overall responsibility for the project, but its execution is delegated to the Neighbourhood Plan team.  The team is chaired by Trevor Grant (Parish Council) with other members drawn from the community and the Parish Council.  The following work groups report in to the Steering Committee:

  • Project Office
  • Community Facilities/services, including health and social care
  • Development
  • Environment

How can you get involved?

We are making good progress but much remains to be done.  If you are interested in helping your community to shape its future by actively assisting in developing the Neighbourhood Plan then please contact us and come along to the Steering Committee meetings.

Best contact is email – cllrtgrant@wellowparish.org.uk