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THE NEXT PHASE – PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETINGS:
Stoke St Michael Primary School held on 11/12/2014 and 05/02/2015
Stoke St Michael Memorial Hall held on 11/12/2014 and 05/02/2015
Further public meetings are to be held – watch this space!
Background and what is a Neighbourhood Plan and Village Design Statement?
Both represent the local needs and aspirations of the village and its residents. It is a statement by the community setting out priorities for the next 5-10 years. Everybody living and/or working in the village can have an input, young and old, newcomers and lifelong residents. Once finished the Plan and Statement will inform both the Parish Council and Mendip District Council what the village needs and expects. This phase follows on from the 2012 Parish Survey and is termed as the Public Consultation phase and all villagers are encouraged to take part in meetings.
What was the purpose of the meetings held?
To decide whether to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan or a Village Design Statement. The meetings also identified parishioners who would like to take part in one of the Working Groups and / or join the main Steering Working Group and undertake background research. The exact number and nature of the groups was identified and others are welcome to join. Whilst the Parish Council will have an involvement and partly sponsor the process it is hoped that residents become involved and lead the direction of the plan.
This is your opportunity to take part in shaping the future of your village. Key areas for consideration will be:
- New Development, Housing and Planning – apx 35 new houses planned for SSM
- Children and Youth Facilities
- Communication and Transport
- Provision for the elderly and less able
Please come along to the next meetings and join in the debate! Refer to the Mendip District Council web site for Village Design Statements of neighbouring villages.
In Spring 2012, the Parish Council set up an independent group of Parish Councillors and residents to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the Parish. Neighbourhood Planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work (such as the location of new homes) and influence what new buildings should look like.
To ensure the Plan is informed by the needs and views of residents, this independent group conducted a survey in Summer 2012 via questionnaires delivered to all Parish households. The objectives were to find out about: your use of and views on village facilities, your views on housing and other potential developments, your experience of living in Stoke St Michael and what changes you would like to see.
By law, the approved Plan will have to be adopted by Mendip District Council as part of its local planning system. This survey is the first stage of the process of developing the Neighbourhood Plan. There will be further consultation and opportunities to have input to the Plan as it develops. The survey findings will also inform other Parish developments which are outside the scope of the Plan.
The full survey and reports can be found on this web site under village information and downloads and following this link:
For further information on the survey and the Neighbourhood Plan, contact Celia Fogden on 01749 840379 or by email: celiamfogden [at] gmail [dot] com