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 7th 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.

Do you have an opinion on the most valued ‘views’ and vistas in the parish?

Sutton Benger - Character

The Parish Council and NDP team are canvasing your views on… your most valued views!

As part of the NPD process, a consultant is drafting up a Character Appraisal of our Parish. She has asked us to ask YOU if there are particular views that you really value want to see protected from future changes / development. For example, the might be the view from your bedroom window, or the one in front of your house, or even one you see on your fave dog walk. We all have one, I’m sure.

If you want to register your own ‘views on views’, why not take a snap with your phone and post your pics (and details of the location) on our facebook group.

We’d like to receive your feedback by Monday 9th of June.

Thank you.

Can you help? Project managers, data analysts & legal beagles needed!

Here at Team NDP, we could do with MORE help from the good folks of the parish if we’re going to make this plan happen.  

So…

Are you a bit of a super-hero with a little bit of time on your hands?

Do you have skills to offer as a project manager? Maybe you’ve got planning or legal expertise?

Or, perhaps you have number-crunching data skills? Are you any good at analysing information?

Whatever your skill set, we’d like to hear from you.

Please do drop us a line at suttonbengerNDP@icloud.com

We welcome support from all corners of this splendid parish.

Thanks !

Chairman’s Progress Update: Jan 2017

If you don’t generally read our NDP Updates in the Parish Newsletter – why not take a read of our Chairman Barry Worth’s most recent (Jan 2017) update below. 

Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Public Open Meeting

There was a well-attended Public Open Meeting in the Sutton Benger Village Hall on Wednesday the 23rd November 2016.  Parishioners were updated with regard to the data collected during the NDP Survey and also the way in which the NDP will be completed and the likely timescale.  The presentation is available at: http://bigplan.suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk/meetings/Additionally, a hard copy of the presentation is available in the Sutton Benger Post Office. 

 The NDP has made extremely good and positive progress during 2016 and the Core Team is confident that work towards completion will accelerate during 2017.  We are preparing the Plan in accordance with guidance from Wiltshire Council and frequent contact is made with the Wiltshire Council NDP Link Officer.  We last met during December and it was confirmed that the data collected and work completed so far is excellent.  

 Although further information is required, the Core Team is confident that the NDP will be in draft format by 31 December 2017.  

Volunteers Needed 

However, two further volunteers are required to join the Core Team being a Project Manager and an Administrator.  Information regarding both roles is available from The Core Team who can be contacted via: suttonbengerndp@icloud.com

We are extremely grateful for the on-going support of our Parishioners and welcome questions and comments as they may arise.  Please address any such items to:  suttonbengerndp@icloud.com

Baz Worth

Chairman

NDP Core Team

17 January 2017

SHLAAs Explained: What are they? And what do they do?

At our recent NPD Update Meeting for the Parish (Nov 23rd 2016), many people were unaware of what a ‘Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)’ is…

As this is a very important document, we thought we’d help to explain what it is and what it’s used for (in the context of our own NDP).

What is the purpose of the assessment of land availability?

(This text has been taken from the Planning Guidance website – and is therefore taken directly from a Government source).

An assessment of land availability identifies a future supply of land which is suitable, available and achievable for housing and economic development uses over the plan period. The assessment of land availability includes the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) requirement as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The assessment of land availability is an important step in the preparation of Local Plans (i.e., our own NDP).  The National Planning Policy Framework identifies the advantages of carrying out land assessments for housing and economic development as part of the same exercise, in order that sites may be allocated for the use which is most appropriate.

An assessment should:

This approach ensures that all land is assessed together as part of Plan preparation to identify which sites or broad locations are the most suitable and deliverable for a particular use.

 

NDP Response to decision regarding planning for the site at Arms Farm

October 5th 2016

From our NDP Chairman Baz Worth – in response to today’s decision regarding Arms Farm:

A decision was made today (OCT 5 2016) by Wiltshire Council’s Planning Committee (by a majority vote of 4 to 2) that the proposal for 14 dwellings at Arms Farm will go through. We are also aware that this decision goes directly against the wishes of the Arms Farm Working Group and (from what we know) the vast majority of people who live close to or near the Arms Farm site.

The NDP Team does not have the power to overturn these planning decisions. However, we are here to capture, analyse and demonstrate the wishes of the majority of the Parish – and this is precisely what we will be doing once we’ve analysed the recent Parish Survey data. We would therefore like you all to be aware that the NDP team prepared a statement to be read (and taken into consideration) at the Planning Meeting today. The statement reads as follows:

“The NDP Core Group has engaged with the community at several Parish meetings and has recently managed the delivery of a Parish Questionnaire. The findings of this survey show clearly that the majority of Sutton Benger Parish residents are opposed to the development of green belt land for housing, with 49.7% of respondents saying that there is never a justification to build on green field sites.

The Core Group will continue the work to develop a full Neighbourhood Development Plan for formal consultation. However we now feel that there are already clear findings on the wishes of the majority of the community with regards to this type of development in the parish.

We therefore request that the Planning Committee takes this into account in reaching their decision on the planning application before them today.”

The Core Team will continue to progress the NDP through to completion and are grateful for the help of all of those Parishioners who have so willingly given their time to assist.