Your Neighbourhood Development Plan team’s role is to try to best capture the input of the village and create a plan that represents a balance between the aspirations of the community, the needs of the wider Borough, and our responsibility to build a sustainable community in our beautiful setting. So your involvement is crucial.
Seeking your views
The Parish Council started the process in spring 2017, and a few months later TWBC approved our application so work could start formally.
We held our first parish meeting in May, in the Village Hall. Nearly 50 people attended, and heard presentations from Jim Boot (our planning consultant), and Sally Marsh of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We reviewed findings from our Parish Plan (2015), and used these inputs to start work to understand what we, the parish, wants to see as our Vision for the parish over the plan period (until 2026). You can see the Vision on our Home page.
Further workshops were held in October (Vision & Objectives), November (Housing Design, Housing Supply), December, (Business, and Transport & Infrastructure), January 18 (Landscape & Environment) and volunteers signed up to do the leg-work of each of our 5 Working Groups. This information gathering phase is now nearly complete, and we have started to share some of our findings and thinking through our Village Exhibition (7th April, Benenden Village Hall). Over 120 people attended, and viewing materials from each of the Working Groups, and some great feedback from the children of Benenden Primary School.
Over the summer the Working Groups have made good progress; much of the material has been shared at our latest Village Exhibition on 29th September 2018 in the Iden Green Pavilion. Our latest view on the process and timelines is here, and an update from the Housing Supply group here. Now, in January 2019, we are keen to get your views on how we’re approaching scoring proposed sites for housing before we publish our first draft of the plan. This article explains our approach, and seeks your input.