Winscombe and Sandford Neighbourhood Development Plan

NDP Suspension - 22-Feb-17

Dear Neighbourhood Development Plan team members and supporters,

It is with considerable regret that the Steering Group have taken the decision to put work on the Winscombe and Sandford Neighbourhood Development Plan ( the Plan) on hold, for an indefinite period. We have reached the stage of being advised on our draft Plan by our independent planning expert. However, events at national, county, and parish level have frustrated the efforts of the Steering Group to bring the Plan to a conclusion. You have given generously of your time and effort, and an explanation of what has happened is due to you. Thank you very much indeed for all you have done.

Our draft Plan did not allocate housing sites, although in response to a question about that in the questionnaire last year, the majority of parishioners said they would like the Plan to do so and consult further on specific sites. In December last year, the Government announced that Neighbourhood Plans which did allocate sites, would be better protected against aggressive development tactics, such as those we saw in the Stongvox appeal -see the minister's statement at:

https://www.planningportal.co.uk/news/article/478/neighbourhood_plans_strengthened_by_g overnment?utm_source=PPQ+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4d0550c577- Newsletter_15122016_HTML&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_734e0b63a9-4d0550c577- 7246985

The minister told MPs on Tuesday (13th December 2016): "In the written ministerial statement, I made it clear that from yesterday, where communities plan for housing in their area in a neighbourhood plan, those plans should not be deemed out of date unless there is a significant lack of land supply-that is, under three years."

North Somerset has over four years' supply. Accordingly, Parish Councillors were asked, in December, and again last month, on behalf of the Steering Group, to agree that parishioners should be consulted on the question of site allocation. This was not agreed. As a result we see no point in pursuing the plan further until this situation changes The reason we are telling you this now is not to foment an already difficult situation. It is because the Parish Council Chairman has said progressing the Plan will be revisited in a few months' time.

Your efforts have not been entirely wasted. The questionnaire results are a valid and valuable indicator of what the community wants to see happen in our parish for the future. Residents have said what they want by way of local housing, local amenities, and green spaces. It is up to you, and to the Parish Council as a whole, to make sure those community choices are given effect when decisions are made in those particular areas.

For more detail on the background to this unfortunate situation, please see a longer version of this letter and the January Steering Group Report to the Parish Council, both of which can be found at the Village website at www.winscombeandsandford.org.uk/ndp

Cresten Boase
Chair
Colin Burbidge
Vice-chair


Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group,
Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council
22nd February 2017

Click here to read a fuller article on the background to this decision.

Click here to read the NDP Steering Group report to the parish council January 2017.



The West of England Partnership

North Somerset Council continues to pledge its full support and involvment in the West of England Partnership- NOrth Somerset, BANES, S. Glos, and Bristol. But what about the Devolution Deal?

The Devolution Deal, whereby BANES, S. Glos and Bristol get a large amount of government funding and other advantages, is one that North Somerset has opted out of, three months ago. So how will the partnership work, and negotiations and bargaining power work when joint projects are decided on, when three members of the W of E partnership are sharing about £1 billion and enhanced powers, and the fourth, North Somerset- us- has none of this? The test will come when we see what the joint projects propose.
Click here to read more (from the Wofe LEP page)

NDP Update 1-Nov-2016

1. The questionnaire: The latest-and hopefully the final- questionnaire is now out, and can be found here: NDP Questionnaire. There will shortly be a link for you to complete it online, alternatively you can copy, insert your answers, and send to us. the Parish council has decided that every household in the parish should receive a paper copy as well. This will take time to organise,and also will take time to collate the results. There will inevitably be quite a time lapse before we can move on to the draft Plan stage. However, it would be a great help to receive email responses to the questionnaire, preferably over the next four weeks please.

2. NDP information events this month: The NDP open evening on Friday 28th October at Sandford, and during the morning on Saturday 29th October provided the opportunity to give a quick update on the very eventful housing developments of the last month, and how they relate to our NDP. The outline provided at those meetings is given below- ' Planning- the way it works at the moment'. Hopefully this will answer a few questions on the background.

3. Policy on strategic gaps, or separation gaps: Those of you who have already completed a paper questionnaire at one of the events will know that the question about exactly where we are proposing the strategic gaps between our villages and neighbouring villages should be, remains unanswered for the moment. This isn't because we don't have a specific proposal, or didn't colour the proposed areas in on the map which illustrates the question. It is due to an unexpected development at the Parish Council meeting on 24th October, which meant the map has been approved, but without that information on it. We hope this problem will be resolved fairly soon, and certainly in time for the draft Plan to make this clear,as it must, if that part of the Plan policy is to receive approval by the Examiner. If residents consider that having strategic gaps is important to maintain the character and distinctiveness of our villages, and to prevent coalescence with surrounding villages, then this will become part of the Plan policy.

So, what we now have on the questionnaire, so far as strategic gaps, or separation gaps, is concerned is a general question about the desireability of separation gaps in general, not their specific location. Please answer the question on this basis.

4. Some current issues affecting the Neighbourhood Development Plan
There has been an information meeting held at the Town Hall in Weston for a representative group of parish councillors, to update us on recent planning events, and particularly the Garden Village idea recently publicised in the press. The meeting was arranged because Sandford is particularly affected.

(i) The new amended Core strategies, part of the Local Plan for North Somerset, are expected to be passed very soon, possibly next week. The news is that the Inspector has put in

(ii) new housing provisions, which means that developments of up to 25 households for service villages ( 50 for towns, 75 for Weston) , touching the settlement boundaries, are likely to be given planning consent. This does mean that the settlement boundaries of our villages as we knew them, as boundaries for development, no longer fill that function. This is a very new idea which it may take time to get used to.

(iii) uncertainty about applications affecting infill villages: It's not clear, because of the recent Strongvox Inquiry decision affecting Sandford, whether or not applications for infill villages, like Sandford, will be treated very much differently from applications affecting service villages like Winscombe. Because of the uncertainty which has come with the Strongvox decision, where the Inspector has allowed a large development (118 homes) outside the settlement boundary of an infill village, the indication is that each planning application will very much be dealt with on a 'case by case' basis by North Somerset,and also on appeal. This is not particularly encouraging news for residents , but it's probably the only indication we can hope for at the moment.

(iv) the Broadleaze Farm proposal, Winscombe. Certain policies of our draft Neighbourhood Development Plan, if made, might safeguard an area adjoining the Strawberry Line Local Nature Reserve, and design and sustainability features of new housing. It is unlikely the Plan will be formalised in time to help the planning considerations for this proposal. The number of houses, 75, is in excess of the 25 home development the new Core Strategy provisions allow for. This is an environmentally sensitive site, near the AONB,and the cumulative effect of traffic from this development, taken together with the known Woodborough Farm and The Chestnuts developments, and other infrastructure concerns are more likely to count towards the adverse effects of this development, and in affecting the outcome of this application. Nevertheless, what our planning authority says about dealing with each application on a 'case by case' basis, together with the fact that there are still unallocated sites to find and a housing figure deficit, means that neither North Somerset's stance on this application, or the likely outcome if a refusal were appealed, can be reliably predicted.

(v) The Thatchers Cider Co. warehouse, HGV park and access road application, Sandford. This application marks another stage of Thatchers Cider factory expansion, and if the planned export drive takes off for this company, then more expansion applications will be put in, with further industrial development outside the settlement boundary, on agricultural land. The size and scale of what is proposed puts it well outside what is allowed for development in the countryside in Local Plan terms, and brings with it substantial transport, sustainability, environmental and social impacts. The current uncertain economic climate, prioritisation of support for local business, even without any promise of more jobs for local people, and the current planning uncertainty, may well mean that this development is consented however. It remains to be seen if this application will ever be called in for decision by the Planning and Regulatory Committee at NSC, or if the residents group will be given a chance to make representations on conditions which might mitigate the adverse effects of development. Again, the ND Plan will not be made in time for policy provisions to affect this development.

5. A new Garden village, in the area just north of Sandford ? ( see https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/508205/Locally-led_garden_villages__towns_and_cities.pdf ) Winscombe and Sandford, all the villages, will continue to be at risk of development our own planning authority does not wish for them, for an indefinite period, until North Somerset can show it has a 5-year housing supply. At the moment developers and landowner just aren't coming forward with offers of land for development in sustainable locations, so that those housing figures can be reached.

The Garden Village idea is one way of meeting the housing targets, with a comfortable surplus. The government is offering funding to help planning authorities turn the idea into reality. It would mean homes, jobs for the construction industry. It would mean restoring confidence in the Local Plan, and hopefully an end to quite so many opportunistic planning applications in our villages. You may have seen the press reports about the Garden village link road being a Banwell bypass. As locals, we know that congestion at Banwell from local traffic may well continue unfortunately, even if the through traffic is diverted along a bypass. There has been so much new housing development and other development in our villages,with more to come, and with it comes much more commuter traffic, more trips by car for the school run and other purposes.

6. When is all this going to happen?
North Somerset has just reviewed its Core Stategies,which hopefully will be adopted early next year. These last until 2026, when our ND Plan is also planned to last until. There will be reviews before then, and the Local Plan will be reviewed at the same time as the Joint Spatial Plan (see below) is being progresssed. We have to remember that the Local Plan and our Neighbourhood Development Plan will have only a limited effect on where development goes, until the housing provision shortfall is made good.

The West of England Partnership
North Somerset Council continues to pledge its full support and involvment in the West of England Partnership- NOrth Somerset, BANES, S. Glos, and Bristol. But what about the Devolution Deal?
The Devolution Deal, whereby BANES, S. Glos and Bristol get a large amount of government funding and other advantages, is one that North Somerset has opted out of, three months ago. So how will the partnership work, and negotiations and bargaining power work when joint projects are decided on, when three members of the W of E partnership are sharing about £1 billion and enhanced powers, and the fourth, North Somerset- us- has none of this? The test will come when we see what the joint projects propose.
Click here for more information, taken from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

What happens now that there will be a Mayoral Combined Authority next year, which does not include North Somerset?
BANES, S.Glos, and Bristol will play a full part in the Mayoral Combined Authority, which has the £1billion government funding and extra powers. North Somerset will have some input via the West of England Local Enterprise partnership, which deals with creating conditions for growth and investment across the four counties. So if NSC puts forward a scheme for growth and investment in our county which will benefit the region as a whole, which is backed by the LEP, then that scheme will be considered by the Mayoral Combined Authority.

The Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Strategy: Meanwhile, North Somerset is going ahead with the large overall housing and transport plan it is going to share with Bristol, Bath (BANES) and S. Glos. this is the Joint Spatial Plan, and will last until 2036. There will be a consultation about the provisions from 7th NOvember, when the documents go online on the NS Planning website. It's obviously a far-reaching plan which will take years to get going. However, that doesn't mean to say that a project like a Garden village for North Somerset might not go ahead much sooner.

Under current rules, the Garden village cannot go ahead unless it is an entirely separate settlement, and is community-led. Exactly what those rules will mean in practice, as North Somerset explores the situation with the Homes and Communities Agency, remains to be seen.

7. What we can do to make a difference : North Somerset Council planning officers, at the Parish Council information meeting on the 27th October, were keen for our Plan to be put forward as soon as possible, to that it can be considered in the current planning discussions. Coming forward with your views on draft policies, completing the questionnaire as soon as possible, and letting the Steering Group and the Parish Council know your feelings about the draft Plan would all help with progressing the plan.

Commenting on the Joint Spatial Plan proposals when the consultation goes online on the NS website on 7th November would be a very positive step to take. The proposals are far-reaching, involving large scale investment in transport measures, and will last a long time. It is very important residents now comment on what is proposed.


The aim of the neighbourhood development plan( NDP) is to make sure that development in the parish, looking forward over the next 15 years, meets local needs, and our local planning priorities.

The plan will be formulated after consulting everyone in the parish, as well as outside bodies, and after everyone has voted on the proposals which will come out of those consultations. Once made, the plan has legal force, on the same level as the North Somerset Council Sites and Policies Plan , which means that when planning applications are made which affect our parish, the neighbourhood development plan provisions will have to be taken account of, by law.

More information about NDPs, and our own plan, will be posted on these pages for all to see, and hard copies are available for reference at the Parish Office.

Bulletins including meeting dates will be posted here, on Parish Council and village noticeboards, and other poster sites throughout the parish. The essential is for everyone in the parish to have the chance to be involved in forming the plan, and to be fully informed and consulted at every stage.

The Parish Council are responsible for writing the plan, and have appointed a Steering Group to do the work. The Steering Group members are Cllr Cresten Boase (Chair), Colin Burbidge (Vice-Chair), John Haynes (Treasurer), Cllr Chris Ballard, Cllr Geoff Luckett, Cllr Paul Watkins, Claire King, Lincoln Garland. The IT Coordinator is Ian Armstrong. The Steering Group have drawn up a project plan to guide the work that needs to be done, and will be taking expert planning advice as required. There are four Working Groups, working on Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Employment, and everyone resident in the parish is welcome to join one of the Working Groups. At every Parish Council meeting the Steering Group gives a report about NDP progress, which can be found in the Minutes posted on the Parish Council website

If you would like to be involved, or would like to know more, please get in touch by emailing NDP@winscombeandsandford.org.uk or via the Parish Office

More information about Neighbourhood Planning is shown on our Resources Page
Meeting notes, local background information, and other information about our own Neighbourhood Development Plan is also shown on the Resources Page

Future Meetings

Future meetings to progress the NDP will take place at 7.30 pm at the Winscombe Community Association on the following dates:

2015 - 26th February, 26th March, 30th April, 28th May, 25th June, 30th July, 27th August, 24th September, 29th October, 26th November, 17th December.

Public Exhibitions showing what we have achieved so far in gathering in initial aims and ideas, entitled 'The Vision so Far', including a display of winning entries in the Children's Competition and Photographic Competition, will take place on Thursday 26th March at 7.30- 9.30 pm at the Winscombe Community Centre, and on Saturday 28th March at 10 am to 1 pm at Sandford Village Hall.


November 2015 update

Where we are now
Consultation on what should go into our Neighbourhood Plan is well underway. A questionnaire will go out to every home in the parish early in the New Year, the results of which will help us to write the Plan.

Volunteers needed
Can you help us? What we need at the moment are helpers to deliver the questionnaire early in the New Year. Full information will be given to helpers, who should be adults either living or working in the parish. This is a worthwhile task which should take no more than a few hours of each helper's time, so please do tell us if you can help.

Your views please
If you haven't yet given us your views on what future development in the parish should look like and where it should be, we would very much like to hear from you on that as well. Here are some questions you might like to consider:
  • What do you like- or dislike- about Winscombe and Sandford?
  • What are the three changes you would most like to see in Winscombe and Sandford by 2030, so far as housing and development are concerned?
  • What design features in Winscombe and Sandford buildings do you most value, which you would like to see carried over to new developments in the parish? This could be a style of building, or a particular design of doors or windows, for example.

Collect your free gift !!
Why not come and meet members of the Neighbourhood Plan team at our stall at the Late Night Shopping evening in Winscombe on December 1st, or at one of our monthly meetings. For more information at any time, please visit www.winscombeandsandford.org.uk , or call 01934 844257, or call in at the Parish Office, Sandford Road, Winscombe.

September 2015 update

Liaison with our North Somerset Liaison Officer Joy Milsom has taken place, also with members of the Winscombe Community Association Development Committee, and consultation meetings arranged with Planning, Environmnent, Sustainability and Highways officers. Work on the draft questionnaire is nearing completion. News is received of the successful referendum at Long Ashton, whose Neighbourhood Plan is now passed. Congratulations Long Ashton.

August 2015 update

The monthly meetings, and work in the interim has continued on the questionnaire content, with work on deciding the most effective format to be adopted.

June and July 2015 update

The monthly meetings have both focussed on questionnaire content, with working group members contributing draft questions for consideration by the whole group. Stage 2 funding application to Locality was successful, and input from our adviser Stuart Todd considered.

May 2015 update

A consultation meeting with Parish Councillors from Axbridge, Cross, Cheddar and Bishop Sutton took place on the 5th, followed by our stall at May Fair on Saturday 9th on the Millenium Green, where more ideas were gathered in via the 'pin your development ideas' board game, with a Winscombe resident being the lucky draw winner of the kindly donated Waterstones £25 book voucher. During our monthly meeting we began reviewing published Neighbourhood plans which have passed referendum, with particular focus on parishes sharing elements in common with our own, and their published questionnaires.

Stand at May Fair - 9th May 2015
Stand at May Fair - 9th May 2015

April 2015 update

At our monthly meeting, Steering Group and Working Group members began the task of analysing and discussing the ideas and themes coming from residents at the exhibitions, and before. This task, and consulting with parish stakeholders and other consultees will be the main focus of activity over the coming months, moving towards the formulation of a questionnaire for residents, based on the ideas and themes identified. Steering Group members have been sharing ideas during meetings with councillors from neighbouring parishes, Congresbury, Banwell, and Puxton, on their planning vision for their parishes, as well as discussing progress towards their own Neighbourhood Plans.

March 2015 update

Further meetings have taken place, talking to residents, answering questions and gathering in residents ideas about planning for Winscombe and Sandford to 2030, including talking with Winscombe Womens Institute members,Sandford Gardening Club members, a presentation at the Parish Assembly on March 5th.

On the 23rd March the whole parish of Winscombe and Sandford was designated as the neighbourhood area for our plan, by North Somerset Council. Also this month, the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan passed the public referendum, and is now made. Congratulations Backwell.

Thanks to all volunteers and everyone from the parish who came to our two exhibitions at the end of the month, and congratulations to the winners of the competitions. The photos and the posters made a colourful display, with lots of interesting ideas coming forward from many people, captured on our sticky-note boards and on the 'Pin your development idea on the parish map' board. Thanks also to Joy Milsom, our North Somerset Council Neighbourhood Plan liaison officer for attending the Winscombe session on 26th March, and for sharing her ideas and expertise, as well as answering some searching questions from residents! Funding applications for the Plan preparation have been made to Locality, the consortium responsible for funding NDPs, also the task of identifying and interviewing suitable planning advisors, to advise generally, and to help with the formal aspects of drawing up with the Plan. Stuart Todd Associates have been appointed as advisors.

Presentation to Sandford Gardening Club - 4th March 2015
Presentation to Parish Council - 5th March 2015
Poster at Thursday Market - March 2015


Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015
Exhibition at WCA Winscombe - 26th March 2015


Exhibition at Sandford Village Hall - 28th March 2015
Exhibition at Sandford Village Hall - 28th March 2015
Exhibition at Sandford Village Hall - 28th March 2015
Exhibition at Sandford Village Hall - 28th March 2015
Exhibition at Sandford Village Hall - 28th March 2015
Exhibition at Sandford Village Hall - 28th March 2015
Exhibition at Sandford Village Hall - 28th March 2015
Exhibition at Sandford Village Hall - 28th March 2015
Exhibition at Sandford Village Hall - 28th March 2015
Exhibition at Sandford Village Hall - 28th March 2015

February 2015 update

Soon we will hear the results of our application for the whole parish to be designated as the Neighbourhood Area for our NDP. We will post up news about this as soon as we hear it.

Helpful information from Natural England, the Environment Agency and Sport England amongst others is being digested by members of our Working Groups. Over several meetings our Working Groups members have been looking in to issues relating to Environment, Employment , Housing and Infrastructure. We have had several helpful meetings with community groups, the two primary schools, the Youth Club, local business, and several more meetings are planned.

Entries for our two competitions have been coming in, and the deadline for the competitions has now been extended to 5pm on March 16th. The Photographic Competition, First Prize £50, Second Prize £25,is on the subject of 'Winscombe and Sandford through the Season', and the entry form is below. The Children's Competition, 2 Prizes of a £25 token each, for the age groups 5-7 and 8-11 for either a poster or written work on 'What I imagine my neighbourhood will look like in 2030'. Entry forms are also available from our two primary schools.

An information point about the NDP will be available at the Winscombe Community Centre every Thursday from now on, from 9.30am until 11am during Thursday Market until 26th March, so why not pop in if you have any queries? We always welcome new members to the working groups, meeting dates below, so why not drop in to a meeting as well?

Your views and your vision about how the Parish might and should develop over the next 15years are extremely important to us, so please do get in touch, via ndp@winscombeandsandford.org.uk, or via the Parish Office. We have been receiving feedback that some people would like more background material about Neighbourhood Development Plans and our own Plan in particular, so there is now a new section on this Resources page:'Background Information' with more information.

Where we are now in writing the Plan: Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council, as part of the statutory process for the NDP, have asked North Somerset Council as our local Planning Authority to designate the whole parish of Winscombe and Sandford as our Neighbourhood Area and we are currently at the consultation stage on this, as well as consulting everyone in the parish on their views.

The next stages are those of publicising the plan, engaging local partners, initial community engagement on broad issues ( the vision), providing feedback, and ongoing community engagement, identifying aims, content, and detail of the draft Plan. Building the evidence base for the NDP is essential, reviewing existing evidence, identifying gaps, compiling new evidence and analysing this, before identifying key issues and themes, prioritising these, developing key aims, and looking at the options.

Background Information: Neighbourhood Development Plans: Information is available at mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning/

Neighbourhbood Development Plans (NDPs) were introduced by the Localism Act 2011. The idea behind localism is that decision-making is passed to a more local level. A NDP is a community -led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. A NDP is about the use and development of land, and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies , proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It may deal with a wide range of social, economic, and environmental issues ( such as housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues only. These may be issues which are relevant to the whole neighbourhood or just to part of the neighbourhood.

Our Winscombe and Sandford NDP will be part of the statutory development plan for the area, if successful at referendum. This statutory status gives NDPs far more weight than some other local documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statement. The NDP must comply with:

  • European and national legislation, including human rights requirements,
  • national policy, including the achievement of sustainable development,
  • conform generally with existing strategic local planning policy. NDPs are not just re-stating the council's plan, but setting out the community's views on the development use of land in their neighbourhood. This involves setting policies on where development should go.

The basic conditions for an NDP ensure an appropriate balance between communities being able to take control of the future of their areas, whilst ensuring that the NDP does not inappropriately constrain the delivery of important strategic policies for the local area. The NDP can specify policies and guidance on how new development should be designed, oriented and located. NDPs can be a powerful tool in shaping the development of a neighbourhood.

In setting aims for the NDP, both the aspirations and reality of how the area should be in 15 years time will be considered, and the likely social, environmental and physical trends in the area during the period 2015-2030. Writing the draft NDP includes consideration of policies, proposals, site allocations, bearing in mind the priorities of sustainability, diversity, equality, and delivery. After public consultation, there will be any necessary amendments to the NDP, submission to North Somerset Council as our Planning Authority, who will then publicise the NDP, and appoint an independent examiner. After examination, the Examiners Report is publicised, and a public referendum is publicised and takes place. If there is majority approval, the NDP is then made.

February 2015 - over 50 successful neighbourhood planning referendums so far

The Neighbourhood Planning team at DCLG have prepared a special edition of Notes on Neighbourhood Planning to celebrate the fact that over 50 successful neighbourhood planning referendums have now been held across the country.
View it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notes-on-neighbourhood-planning-edition-14
Last Thursday, successful referendums in Inner East Preston, Exminster and Hurstpierpoint took the total to 52.

December 2014 update

  1. North Somerset Council consultation: North Somerset Council(NSC) has now begun the formal consultation on our NDP area. Residents have until the 20th February to lodge comments on the area chosen for our plan, that is, the area covered by the Parish. We are working together with NSC on preparing the Plan, and have agreed to include their formal notice about their consultation in our first NDP leaflet, which will be delivered to every household in the parish by the end of December.
  2. The first NDP leaflet is basically an introduction to the NDP, invites everyone to take part, and announces a Photographic Competition, and Childrens Competition. Competition prizes will be awarded on the 26th March at the start of the meeting that day. A copy is shown below
  3. On 28th March at 7.30 pm at Sandford Village Hall there will be an exhibition 'The Vision so far', which will include entries from the Photographic and Childrens Competition.
  4. We welcome Paul Bryan, Mendip Hills AONB Planning Liason Officer, to our Volunteers Meeting on December 18th, who will give a short talk relevant to our Plan. Seasonal refreshments will be available. All residents are welcome.
First Leaflet - December 2014

Document considered by the Parish Council on 27th October 2014

Neighbourhood Development Plan paper

Resolutions passed by the Parish Council on 27th October 2014

That the Parish Council agree to the preparation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan, authorising the setting up a Steering Group reporting directly to the Parish Council with initial Parish Council funding of £1,000 for the development of the Neighbourhood Development Plan, and applying to North Somerset Council to designate the Parish of Winscombe and Sandford as a neighbourhood area.

That Cllrs Haynes, Boase, Ballard and Luckett be appointed as Parish Council representatives on the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group, with parishioner representatives to be nominated at the first Neighbourhood Development Plan Volunteer Meeting.

That the Parish Council authorise application to the Department for Communities and Local Government through Locality for Direct Support for the Neighbourhood Development Plan, prior to applying to North Somerset Council for designation of the parish as a neighbourhood area.

Resources

Statutes, Regulations, Guidance documents, and useful weblinks

Localism Act 2011
The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012
National Planning Policy Guidance- Neighbourhood Planning
Planning Portal discussion of NDPs
Notes on neighbourhood planning: edition 13
My community rights/neighbourhood planning
Plain English guide to planning

History of our Neighbourhood Development Plan

WandS NDP Documents

14.10.02 WASNAG Public Meeting
14.10.30 NDP volunteer meeting minutes
27.10.14 document considered by the Parish Council at the October Parish Council meeting
27.10.14 Parish Council resolution to prepare a NDP
That the Parish Council agree to the preparation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan, authorising the setting up a Steering Group reporting directly to the Parish Council with initial Parish Council funding of £1,000 for the development of the Neighbourhood Development Plan, and applying to North Somerset Council to designate the Parish of Winscombe and Sandford as a neighbourhood area.
That Cllrs Haynes, Boase, Ballard and Luckett be appointed as Parish Council representatives on the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group, with parishioner representatives to be nominated at the first Neighbourhood Development Plan Volunteer Meeting.
That the Parish Council authorise application to the Department for Communities and Local Government through Locality for Direct Support for the Neighbourhood Development Plan, prior to applying to North Somerset Council for designation of the parish as a neighbourhood area.
14.11.14 NDP SG Draft vision
14.11.14 NSC Map of Parish
14.11.24 NDP Steering Group TOR
14.12.1 WandS PC NDP Leaflet 1