Please help us with our plan

You should have received your copy of the questionnaire by 4th February. If you haven’t or if you have mislaid it then you can contact us at steventonneigh@gmail.com to let us know your address and we will deliver a copy to you.

Our Neighbourhood Plan can only influence planning decisions. It cannot prevent development or contradict planning policies in the Vale of White Horse Local Plan. It can try to add to those policies and ensure that any development is appropriate and of a high standard.

A key aim is to support proposals that provide for the actual housing needs of residents. Our previous surveys showed a preference for smaller homes to be built with nearly one third of respondents saying they wanted to downsize within the next five years. Recent developments have increased the proportion of larger homes in the village. Our new questionnaire will show the type of homes our current residents want, now or in the near future, and any change in viewpoint since 2017.

Parking is another area of concern. We suspect that parking provision standards set out in the Vale’s Local Plan do not provide the parking spaces which people really need. If information from the questionnaire supports this case we can make an argument for requiring more generous provision.

We also particularly want to know the views of residents on the recent developments. If there are any matters which residents feel could be approached differently on future developments then we can try to include them in our plan policies.

In summary, the more responses we get to the questionnaire the better evidence we will have to justify our policies.  When the draft Plan goes to an Examiner who will decide on whether the Plan can go forward or needs revision, one of the key issues he or she will be looking for is strong evidence to validate the policies.  We need to demonstrate that we are representing the views of many residents.

The questionnaire will probably take less than 10 minutes to complete for most households so if you care about the future of the village please do take the time to respond. There are 10 drop-off points around the village for the completed questionnaire or we can pick it up from your home if you prefer.

We don’t have the resources to create an on-line questionnaire but we can e-mail a copy to you if you would prefer to fill it in that way and e-mail it back to us. Contact us at steventonneigh@gmail.com

Update on our Draft Neighbourhood Plan : January 2020

We need your help in refining the Housing Policies that will shape the future of our village

Whether you’ve always lived in our village and are concerned about the nature of growth in recent years, or you’re a relative ‘newcomer’ attracted to our village to make your home, we need your data and opinions.

We will ultimately put our finished policies before you all, in a referendum next year, so we need to ensure that they reflect the views of the majority of the residents

Our vision remains “To protect and enhance the rural identity and heritage of our village whilst ensuring its future sustainability”

But because

  • our data from the last Census in 2011 is so out of date
  • the excellent response to the 2015 Residents’ Questionnaire was quite general
  • the response to the 2017 Housing Questionnaire was relatively small compared to the current size of the village

We need as many of you as possible to respond to the forthcoming Questionnaire

We cannot prohibit the building of new houses, but together we can shape it’s scale, location & style. Your opinion really can make a difference

Details will appear in the February SN, but for now we need

  • each of you to be aware of your role in shaping our future
  • offers of help with distribution & collection
  • to watch this space!

Update on Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Catherine Brickwood and Nigel Goode have now joined our Steering Group, replacing Dick Bosley & Jon Spiller, who both retired as Parish Councilors earlier in the year.

Our thanks go to both Dick & Jon for their contributions over the last 4 years.

 

We are now working closely with the Vale’s new NDP Officers

 

  • Refining our draft policies
  • Validating our evidence base
  • Compiling our supporting statements
  • Ensuring compliance with the Vale’s newly adopted Local Plan pt 2

 

We intend to conduct another short residents’ survey in the next few months and will be presenting our progress to date, in a public meeting early next year.

 

 

Neighbourhood Plan Update

Since the last update we have been working to

  • Conclude our 2018 Character Assessment
  • Refine the draft plan and it’s policies
  • Preparation of the Basic Conditions Statement

We are also awaiting news on the latest round of funding for NDP Grants from Locality

The timetable for NDP completion and ultimate approval by the residents of Steventon is as follows:

By end of March

Further drafting of NDP

Draft Green Space Assessment

By end of April 

Consultation with statutory bodies & stakeholders

Submission of all Plans & statements to the Vale

By end of May

Submit for external Examination & consider recommendations

Before School Holidays ( mid July )

Referendum organised by the Vale

Update on our Draft Neighbourhood Plan

At our Public meeting in October we presented

  1. The outcomes of our 2017 Housing Survey
  2. The conclusions of our 2018 Character Assessment

and explained how these pieces of evidence have shaped the policies in our draft Plan

We are now working closely with our chosen Consultant

  • refining the draft plan and it’s policies
  • collating our evidence base

The timetable for its completion and ultimate approval by the residents of Steventon is as follows:

By end of February

Final drafting

Preparation of basic conditions and consultant statements

By Easter ( mid April )

Consultation with statutory bodies & stakeholders

Submission of all Plans & statements to the Vale

By end of May

Submit for external Examination & consider recommendations

Before School Holidays ( mid July )

Referendum organised by the Vale

Open meeting please come

Tuesday 23rd October 7.00 to 8.00 at the Village Hall Steventon

 We would like to invite all Steventon residents, new & old, to an update on the progress of our emerging Neighbourhood Plan, when we will share with you:

  • The outcomes of our 2017 Housing Survey
  • The conclusions of our 2018 Character Assessment

And how these pieces of evidence have shaped the policies in our draft Plan

We welcome your feedback and comments on how our village is evolving and how we can shape the years ahead.

You don’t need to have attended previous meeting or understand what a NDP is, you just need to live in the village and care about it’s future.

We will also outline the process to completion and how you are all  to be involved, so please don’t miss this opportunity.

Light refreshments will be served, so come and join us!

April Update

We have now embarked upon the next phase in the completion of our Plan and need your involvement.

We have previously compiled a list of objectives to help achieve the chosen mission statement:

To protect and enhance the rural identity and heritage of our village whilst ensuring its future sustainability

Now, each Working Group is now turning them into Policies, compliant with the Vale’s Local Plan Part 1.&2.

In order to substantiate these policies, we need

  • A character assessment of our village at present
  • A landscape assessment of our surroundings and
  • A Housing Survey, to identify our future needs

In April we will be distributing to all residents, a  Questionnaire seeking more data and your opinions relating to existing and future housing within our Parish.

Once again we will be asking for your assistance in distributing and completing this important piece of work.

We will also be convening another Open meeting to present & discuss our draft polices, later in the month. So please look out for our notices, for further details.

Update

Having spent the last year since the Residents Questionnaire collating evidence and completing the Baseline Assessment and Scoping Report, we are now embarking upon the next phase in the completion of our Plan.

With your help we have compiled a list of objectives to help achieve the chosen mission statement:

To protect and enhance the rural identity and heritage of our village whilst ensuring its future sustainability

And must now turn them into Policies, compliant with the Vale’s Local Plan Part 1. Then in a few months’ time these will be put to you all for approval via a referendum.

With advice from the Vale, we have chosen to follow the path recently used successfully by Blewbury Parish Council involving the production of

  • A character assessment of our village at present
  • A landscape assessment of our surroundings and
  • A housing survey, to identify our future needs

In the New Year we will be distributing another Residents Questionnaire seeking more data and your opinions relating to existing and future housing within our Parish.

Once again we will be asking for your assistance in distributing and completing this important piece of work.

The current NDP group is a mix of Councilors and residents that came together originally early in 2015. If you would like to join us, as we embark on the final phase, please contact us, either via our clerk or our website: https://steventonnp.wordpress.com ,or email: steventonneigh@gmail.com

 

Village Character Assessment

We are pleased to report that we have almost completed the first phase of our Neighbourhood Plan, as our Scoping Report is going out for Consultation shortly.

We now need your help with the second phase, a street by street survey to assess the character of our village.

 

It will entail a small group of 4 residents recording the types of housing and other features that exist within a defined area of the village.

We hope to have enough volunteers to divide the village into approx. 7 areas.

We will provide a template to record the data and explanatory notes, all you will need to provide is your time and a camera from within your group.

We hope to conduct this survey within the next 4 weeks and to this end will be holding a briefing meeting on Wednesday 21st September at 7pm in the North Star

 

Please could you indicate, by email steventonneigh@gmail.com, whether you are

  1. a) able to assist and
  2. b) can make the meeting

so we can get an idea of the expected no.s attending

 

Many Thanks