Welcome to the Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan blog.
It has been rightly noted that there is no space for comment on the Neighbourhood Plan website. This blog is a response to that. Although the blog will post updates on the Neighbourhood Plan process, it is mostly to enable people in the village to engage directly with feedback, comments and questions.
The latest news is that we now have a shortlist of possible sites for development in the village. These sites are based on feedback from Crowhurst residents who came to see the Sites Exhibitions held over four days at the end of March / beginning of April. We had over 500 responses and the shortlist emerged from these. If you would like to see comments on all sites and a summary of positive/negative responses please download the documents on the HOME PAGE.
The next step is a public consultation that looks at these sites in more detail and every household in the village will have an opportunity to comment further. Please bear in mind that at this stage we do not know if any of these sites are structurally or environmentally viable. This can only be confirmed when we survey the final short list of sites most acceptable to the majority of villagers.
It is therefore impossible at this stage to draw any concrete conclusions about final locations. It could be the case, for example, that a site favoured by the majority turns out to be environmentally of structurally unviable when surveyed. So this is always an unfolding process.
The penultimate stage will be a draft Neighbourhood Plan document that will list sites confirmed as viable and the village will then have an opportunity to express their preferences on details such as the number of housing units / access etc. on all or each of these sites. The document will then be submitted to Rother Council by the end of the year.
At this stage of the process your feedback and engagement is more vital than ever. So if you are unable to attend the regular meetings in the village hall and need a place to comment then please do so here.