Neighbourhood Plan update meeting 6 June

At our last meeting in February, we shared the preliminary results of the residents’ Questionnaire and announced our mission statement to be:

To protect and enhance the rural identity and heritage of our village whilst ensuring it’s future sustainability

We also invited your thoughts on the opportunities & threats that exist within our village

We would now like to share with you, the conclusions we have drawn from both the Questionnaire and our assessment of the current situation, together with our initial objectives for the future.

We will be presenting our draft Sustainability Assessment before it goes to our stakeholders e,g. Vale & County Councils, for it’s statutory 6 weeks period of consultation.

We would like to share all this with you and invite your feedback at an open public meeting to be held on

Monday 6th June 7.00 to 8.00 at the Village Hall



Open meeting come and join us

Open meeting at the Village Hall

Monday 22nd February
7.00 to 8.00

• Results from the Questionnaire
• Conclusions derived from the data
• Next step in the process
Please join us as together we shape the future of our village

Steventon Neighbourhood Plan Drop-In Session

Wednesday 2nd December 4.30 – 6.30 pm in the Millennium Room
• To explain the purpose & process of creating a Neighbourhood Plan
• To assist Residents in completing the Questionnaire
We will display some of the material we used at the initial Public Consultation together with a diagram showing the stages involved in the Neighbourhood Plan and where we are now.
We’ll have 4 ‘stations’ of a table & 4 chairs, which will be ‘manned’ by at least one member of the NP Group throughout the 2 hours, to answer any questions residents may have.

We’ll also have
1. A person on the door to conduct a head count
2. At least one post box for completed questionnaires
3. Supply of pens

Steventon Neighbourhood Plan

Steventon Parish Council has embarked upon the creation of our Neighbourhood Plan, and we need your input to address some key questions, including:
• What do you regard as the most important features of living in our village?
• What do you regard as the biggest threat to the well being of our village?
• What’s missing from our Village that you’d like to see added?
Our Neighbourhood Plan is a very real opportunity to incorporate the views of the residents and determine how the Vale’s Plan is applied to our Village.

Once approved our Neighbourhood Plan:
• Provides a legal document which the Parish Council can shape development in our area.
• Becomes an extension of the Vale District Council’s Local Plan.
• Can be used in the determination of planning applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the purpose of the questionnaire?
The questionnaire is an essential element in finding out what the people of Steventon want for the village in the future. The questions that are asked have been based on the many comments made at the publicity event for the Neighbourhood Plan held earlier this year.

2. Will my answers to the questionnaire be confidential and anonymous?
Yes. You do not put your name or address anywhere on the questionnaire.

3. What happens to the answers?
The valuable statistics derived from the questionnaires will be returned in the form of a report to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee. They will be used as the essential data on which the Neighbourhood Plan is formulated. In some places we are inviting you to write words instead of ticking boxes. These written entries will be read separately and fully taken into account.

4. How do I fill in the questionnaire?
Please use a black ballpoint pen. If you make a mistake use the pen to completely black out the box with the wrong answer in it, and then put your tick in the correct box.
If you do not want to answer a question just leave it blank.

5. Who should fill out the questionnaire?
Every household in the village is involved and everyone in the village of 12 years and older should complete the questionnaire. Your distributor will give you enough questionnaires for everybody in your household.

6. Can I give my name to become a volunteer and help in village activities?
Certainly. Either phone the number given in the questionnaire, or tell the distributor when they pick up your questionnaire and they will pass on your name.

7. We’re rather busy – is it really vital? Yes it is! This is for all of us. Other villages doing their plans have managed to achieve nearly 100% participation which has made all the difference.
8. Where is the draw money coming from? It is from a Government grant that encourages communities to develop their Neighbourhood Plans.

Please try to find the time to fill this in and have it ready for your distributor. Thank you. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee

Name and phone number of your distributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Distributors meeting

Thank you to those of you who have already volunteered as distributors, I  hope that some more people will be willing to help.  Please come to the Distributors meeting at the North Star 7 pm on Wednesday 11th November, it will be explained what is involved and the time scale needed.  If you are happy to help you will be allocated an area to cover,

Please come. You are desperately needed to get the plan moving.

Distribution and Distributors

People who either entered their email address at the Open Meeting or submitted comments later, have been mailed with the message posted in October regarding the progress so far.  A number of these have been returned as unknown, wrong, etc.  If you want to be on the email list and have not received this, please email  Also if you would like to be a distributor for the questionnaire please let us know on the email above.  Please volunteer we need all the help we can get.   There is to be a meeting of distributors next week to explain what is involved and the time scale.

Neighbourhood plan progress so far

Subject to a meeting of the Full NP Group on Tuesday 27th Oct, the next stage of the NP process should be ready, in the form of a Questionnaire to be sent to all residents in our Parish. It will seek their views on a number of important issues, raised as a result of the Initial Consultation in July and the responses will go a long way in shaping the policies contained within the Final Draft Plan.

The timetable is as follows:
· Distribution to every household w/commencing 16th November
· Drop-In session in the Millennium Room Wednesday 2nd December 4-6.30pm.
· Deadline for completion and collection Monday 7th December

We urgently need volunteers to be ‘Distributors’ to both deliver and collect completed forms. If you are able to help please respond to
and indicate which street(s) you are willing to be responsible for.
Even if you are unable to volunteer, you can assist by encouraging your friends and neighbours to respond within the deadline and thus be eligible to win one of the three £50 prizes in our draw.

It remains our objective to put the Final Draft plan in front of the entire Parish for approval via a referendum in April 2016.