Green Space Consultation

What is a Green Space?

It is a green area that is important to village life. For instance, because of its recreational value, or perhaps it is significant for wildlife, or its beauty or the tranquillity it offers.

For example, a village green, allotments, the Sutton Benger Rec, footpaths, bridleways, riverbanks, highway verges.

To meet planning criteria, a green space must be i.) close to the community ii.) of local importance, iii.) local in character and NOT an extensive tract of land.

How can you help?

We want to know about areas that you think are important so we can consider them as part of the neighbourhood plan; send us your comments and photos by 21st March 2021.

Contact us by email or on FaceBook

Review the current Green Spaces by downloading this file: Sutton Benger Green Spaces

2021

As many of you will know and realise 2020 was an unusual one and like with many other plans it has set back our progress. So, over the coming months, we would like to bring everyone up to date. And would of course love to hear from you in return.

Your core NDP (Neighbourhood Development plan) team has grown, see updated team page, and we are very much looking forward to life returning to some sort of normality soon, so we can finish our parish plan this year.

 

We meet every two weeks, currently due to Covid restrictions this is on Zoom and look forward to these restrictions being lifted later in the year, so we can go back to meeting in the pub!

 

Many may still wonder why we need an NDP, well the key benefits are.

  • It gives us, the residents of Sutton Benger and Draycot Cerne more say and control over our community.
  • It can protect areas from types of change.
  • It can include policies to influence new building design or alterations to existing buildings.
  • It can protect or propose the creation of open spaces (Green spaces, Nature reserves/wildlife corridors, allotments, sports pitches, play areas, parks and gardens, and important historic assets)
  • It enables the local community to retain more of the money collected from development, to spend on local projects.
  • It enables us to ensure we protect the things we value the most.
  • It enables to manage change effectively and ensure they benefit our community.

 

It is worth remembering that an NDP takes (on average) 300 hours to produce over a minimum of 3 years. It is a massive task and cannot be underestimated. We cannot do it alone, so at times we will ask for your input and may also need extra help, so do look out for our updates and posters. We are making this commitment for all and look forward to your support.

Thanks for reading this and look forward to a healthy and successful 2021 for all.

SB NDP Group

Happy New Year

The NDP team will be providing regular updates on the progress on the Neighbourhood Development Plan over the coming months in order to bring everyone up-to-date on our progress and hopefully get some feedback from you all in return.

Your core NDP team have been meeting every two weeks to get the NDP moving forward.  We have met with Bluestone (http://www.bluestoneplanning.co.uk/neighbourhood-planning/) who are the company we have partnered with to help us produce the NDP and our main focus is the character appraisal of the village which will form a key part of the plan. A Character Appraisal is used to describe the local appearance and ‘feel’ that the area has, in order to aid with design codes and policies within the Neighbourhood Development Plan.  We have taken lots of photos of the village and its houses (big shout out to Ruth Gaunt, Lesley Cadger and Amanda Gregory for taking these), and they will provide context to the character appraisal. We have also started updating the NDP document itself with the feedback given to us by Bluestone and I hope the next draft will be available early 2020.

You might wonder why we need an NDP, well the key benefits are;

  • It gives us, the residents of Sutton Benger and Draycot Cerne more say and control over our community
  • It can protect areas from types of change (such as too much of one type of business)
  • It can include policies to influence new building design or alterations to existing buildings.
  • It can protect or propose the creation of open spaces (Green Gaps, Nature reserves/wildlife corridors, allotments, sports pitches, play areas, parks and gardens, and important historic assets)
  • It enables the local community to retain more of the money collected from development, to spend on local projects.
  • It enables us to ensure we protect the things we value the most
  • It enables to manage change effectively and ensure they benefit our community.

If you are interested in helping us in any way then please contact us. We are always looking for people to help out and it doesn’t necessarily mean a big commitment.  We appreciate not everyone has the time to attend lots of meetings and write whole documents; but, there are lots of small standalone pieces of work that need doing which may very well fit in with your areas of expertise or interest.

Wishing you all a happy new year

SB NDP Group

http://bigplan.suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk/

December Update

2019 was a very busy year for the NDP team, as well as partnering with Bluestone a specialist planning company who will help us complete the neighbourhood plan we also saw the stepping down of all the core team. It’s taken me a long time to get to grips with the website so I can finally post this, but a very much overdue thanks to Jo Watchman, Kathy Smedley, Paul Chartier and Baz Worth for all the hard work they put in to get the NDP to the point it’s at now.

Moving on we have a new core team comprising of Nicola Hayward, Ruth Gaunt, Jake West and David Thompson.  We are working hard to get up to speed with the NDP and look forward to sharing updates on our progress via this website and the Parish Magazine.

If you have any questions or queries or would like to get involved please email us.