Elford Village

Neighbourhood Plan

What is the Elford Neighbourhood Plan?

The Elford Neighbourhood Plan is a local community project, initiated by Elford Parish Council and now led by a group of residents, which it is hoped will help the community to have more influence on the future development of Elford Parish, and to help address local issues that residents and businesses are concerned about.

 

The Parish Council are aware of a number of issues that concern local people about life in the parish.  If a neighbourhood plan is prepared and adopted (which would only happen if it was approved by a majority of Elford residents in a local referendum), it would become part of the planning system for Elford, and planning decisions in Elford would have to abide by the policies of the neighbourhood plan.

 

Purpose and Objectives

A neighbourhood plan offers people living and working in a local area (often a Parish such as Elford) the opportunity to have a greater influence over future development in their neighbourhood.  Local communities have used neighbourhood plans to protect their local green spaces, identify local housing needs, and create guidance for building design and heritage protection.  Through such efforts, residents, community groups and business have created new planning policies that will help to guide future development of their local areas, so that it helps to fulfil the needs and hopes of local people.

Elford Parish could also take advantage of the opportunities that a neighbourhood plan might offer the local area.  The specific objectives of a neighbourhood plan for Elford will solely be up to the local community – the plan should only reflect the wishes, needs and concerns of people living and working in the parish.

 

Progress to date

The first stage of the neighbourhood plan project was to apply for Elford Parish to be officially designated as a Neighbourhood Plan Area, which Lichfield District Council approved in August last year.  This allowed the Parish Council to apply for funding to help with the project, to pay for things like publicity, resources and expert advice on planning matters.

In February and March 2016, the Parish Council organised a series of meetings and discussion sessions for residents to get together to talk about a possible neighbourhood plan.  All Elford residents were invited to these sessions, where we discussed what a neighbourhood plan could do for Elford, and what issues we might be able to address through one.  Many different opinions, ideas and concerns were expressed, which have helped to inform the broad scope of the neighbourhood plan and subsequent discussions.

Since then, the Parish Council have organised a steering group of local residents (most of whom are not Parish Council members) who will take the project forward on behalf of the community.  The steering group is formed of local residents who expressed an interest in taking an active role in the project, at the sessions in February and March.  The steering group have been tasked with looking at the following broad issues, which were identified at the earlier meetings as being the main areas of concern amongst local residents.

 

-          Local Services

-          Housing

-          Heritage and Conservation

-          Natural Environment

-          Development Management

 

Current activities

The steering group prepared a residents’ questionnaire designed to find out in more detail what people think about various local issues, to help inform the direction of the neighbourhood plan.  The survey asked questions about issues including local services, housing, concerns around development, our heritage assets, and the natural environment. This was followed by a further housing survey.

The preparation of the neighbourhood plan is intended and required to be a democratic process, and its objective and policies should reflect the opinions and ideas of the local community as far as practically possible

 

What’s next?

Following the results of the survey, the steering group have reviewed what the neighbourhood plan should set out to achieve.  The draft vision and objectives of the plan, which were prepared following initial meetings, have been worked on.

The steering group, together with their professional planning advisors, are working on draft planning policies which, if the plan is completed and adopted, will influence future development in Elford.  A draft plan is now being written, on which all residents and various statutory bodies will be formally consulted.

It is expected that consultation will take place in September 2017.

 

More details on the processes involved with preparing a neighbourhood plan are available on the Locality website: http://locality.org.uk/resources/neighbourhood-planning-roadmap-guide/

 

Downloads

Filename Size Date
A Microsoft Word file Leaflet_update_summer_2017_1.docx 169.81 KB 2017-07-07 17:42:11
An Adobe Acrobat file Housing Survey_v12.pdf 753.05 KB 2017-02-24 09:44:56
An Adobe Acrobat file Elford Vernacular Study 010616.pdf 1.14 MB 2016-06-24 10:54:49
A Microsoft Word file Elford NP questionnaire_May 2016_ Word version.docx 1.01 MB 2016-05-26 16:20:42
An Adobe Acrobat file Residents' Survey_May 2016.pdf 2.68 MB 2016-05-23 21:58:26
An Adobe Acrobat file Technical Baseline Document.pdf 7.82 MB 2016-05-23 21:55:21
An Adobe Acrobat file Consultation Report_Ongoing_Elford_DRAFT_270416.pdf 700.19 KB 2016-05-23 21:05:33