Depending on the content of Neighbourhood Development Plans and what the Policies within the Plan include, the policies will need to comply with different documents and provide different types of supporting evidence. If a Plan has policies which will affect the Strategic Road Networks (SRN) the two documents below are important. The Highways Agency and the Local Plan Process: A protocol for local authorities, developers and the Highways Agency Within the planning system, The Highways Agency have an important role to make sure that developments close to or affecting the Strategic Road Network (SRN) can take place while making sure that it continues to operate safely and efficiently for all road users. They have developed their protocol approach to provide clear information to local authorities and developers in relation how we will work with them to support development and facilitate growth. Each protocol is intended to stand alone and can be read without any prior knowledge of the other protocols. Click here to see: The Highways Agency and the Local Plan Process: A protocol for local authorities, developers and the Highways Agency Strategic Road Network Policy (Department of Transport) This circular explains how the Highways Agency will engage with the planning system. It also gives details on how Highways Agency will fulfill its remit to be a delivery partner for sustainable economic growth whilst maintaining, managing and operating a safe and efficient strategic road network. Click here to see: Strategic Road Network Policy (Department of Transport)
The Neighbourhood Development Planning Newsletter (edition 7) provides updates on how communities are proceeding with their plans and details on funding and support plus any other relevent info. See the newsletter here DCLG Notes_on_Neighbourhood_Planning_Edition_7
A new Challenge has gone out to the UK to revive Town Centres so they thrive. The Revive and Thrive challenge offers up to £150,000 and professional support for Town Centre regeneration. They ask: "We are asking you, the Great British Public, Local Authorities, Town Teams, Businesses and Local Community Groups to put forward an idea for your Town or City that we can help you champion. You may not have the ideas yet but do you have the passion to change your town centre to become more connected and engaged? 1: What is your vision for how local people could be connected through the Town/City Centre? 2: What realistic improvements could be made to the retail and leisure offer in your Town/City Centre? 3: How can your local community connect and engage through your Town/City Centre experience? The winning idea will result in the Revive & Thrive Partnership assisting in the financing and implementation of your idea." http://reviveandthrive.co.uk/countdown
Lydney Neighbourhood Development Draft Plan Public Consultation period is coming to an end on 22/11/2013. Come to the final town consultation meeting at Naas Lane Community Centre to have your say. Presentations start at 7pm on Wednesday 20th November 2013
The Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan in currently in its Pre Submission Public Consultation Stage. This is a legal requirement for all proposed Neighbourhood Plans to consult with bodies whose interests may be affected by the Plan and the Plan must be brought to the attention of people who live, work or run businesses in the neighborhood area. The consultation period must be for 6 weeks, although the Lydney Plan consultation period is for a slightly longer period. For more information on the NDP process see: NDP quick_guide
Thank you for all the comments that have come in on the Draft Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan. Although we are only at the beginning of the Public Consultation process (it continues until the 20th of November) it is heartening to have so many people taking an active interest in the Plan and taking the time to comment. Two public meetings were held last week and last night to introduce the Draft Plan and give people a chance to discuss the Plan and the Neighbourhood Development Plan process. Both meetings were well attended and included many discussions and points of view. The Plan has also been sent out to local groups and organisations, as well as Statutory Bodies as part of the formal consultation. Over the next few weeks new content will be loaded up on to the website and updates posted up and if you have comments on the Draft Plan continue to send them in via the website or e-mail.
Tonight is the first community meeting to review the draft Plan. You can view the plan on www.lydneyndp.org.uk and discuss this evening from 7pm onwards in the Community Centre Naas Lane.
The Draft Lydney Plan is now available - click HERE to view the Plan. The public consultation period where you can comment of the Draft Plan runs from now (26th September 2013) until the 20th of November 2013. Two Community Meetings are being held to discuss the Plan - All welcome: on the 2nd of October in the Naas Lane Community Centre, Lydney at 7pm and on the 8th of October in The Annexe, 47-49 Newerne, Lydney at 7pm Other events will also be held and all details will be posted here as soon as available. Please feel free to post your comments up onto this website as well.
THE Rural Services Network is trialling a new service focusing on providing evidence for neighbourhood and community plans. It is evident that in the current climate authorities have limited resources to fully support all communities wanting to develop plans in their local area. The network intends that the new service will assist members in achieving this objective. The service puts together a selection of key datasets from Census 2011 information and the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, that would naturally lend themselves to communities preparing their own neighbourhood plan. The analysis of these datasets provides contextual evidence through key comparisons. It is intended that the service will allow a baseline of existing facts and figures to be easily accessed for any community within a member district. To read more view the RSN Online HERE
Bulldozers have been working at Pylers Way in Lydney to demolish the last two empty pre-fabricated ‘Cornish’ homes. Two Rivers Housing inherited the post-war concrete properties when it took on the housing stock from the district council 10 years ago. Since then, the not-for-profit housing association has been on a mission to refurbish and replace the 1950s homes, which are poorly insulated and prone to structural defects, in favour of modern and energy-efficient homes. The £1 million scheme to demolish 40 of the properties has been rolled out across the Forest and will be replaced with 80 homes – most of which benefit from solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems. Read the full article at The Forest Review HERE