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Ringmer awarded Neighbourhood Plan (pilot) status

On 7 Apr 2011 at 7:37pm Bling Mare wrote:
The first 17 communities to test neighbourhood planning, a key feature of the Localism Bill, have been named by Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark.
People in these communities - a mix of cities, urban and rural areas - will be able to decide the types of development given automatic planning permission through a Neighbourhood Development Order.
If approved by a local referendum, a council will need to adopt a neighbourhood plan providing it is line with wider ambitions for growth in their area.
Greg Clark said:" Planning has increasingly become one of the most contentious issues in Britain, with communities becoming pitted against development. By giving local people a greater say together with new incentives to share in the benefits of growth, our reforms will help to create the conditions where communities begin to welcome development rather than resist it at all costs."
The 17 neighbourhood planning front-runners will be led by local authorities who will work with community groups and parish councils to prepare draft plans and Neighbourhood Development Orders.
Each of the 17 areas will receive £20,000 towards developing their plan from a £1m fund set up to help communities eager to trial neighbourhood planning
A further 33 grants of £20,000 will also be awarded from the fund to projects that applied to be front runners. This is to help them carry forward their plans on their own.
The 17 pioneers involve the following local planning authorities and communities:
?Birmingham City Council - Balsall Heath (Birmingham)
?Bristol City Council - Lockleaze (Bristol)
?London Borough of Southwark ?? Bermondsey
?London Borough of Sutton ?? Hackbridge
?North Tyneside Council - North Shields Fish Quay
?Wirral Borough Council - Devonshire Park
?Allerdale Borough Council ?? Cockermouth
?Blaby District Council ?? Blaby
?Cherwell Borough Council ?? Banbury
?Exmoor National Park Authority ?? Lynton
?Gedling Borough Council ?? Newstead
?Lewes District Council ?? Ringmer
?Northumberland County ?? Allendale
?Shropshire Council - Much Wenlock
?Teignbridge District Council ?? Dawlish
?West Dorset District Council - Cerne Abbas
?Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead ?? Bray.
Meanwhile the Town and Country Planning Association has launched a new guide to help communities deal with neighbourhood plans. The guide ??Your place, your plan?? is designed to help local people get involved with shaping their area through the planning process and is aimed at people with no previous knowledge of the planning system.
Hugh Ellis, TCPA chief planner, said: ??All the jargon around planning can be a real turn-off. But people don??t need to learn a new language. At its heart, planning is all about creating a picture of your community??s future. This guide is all about showing how local people can really influence their area, either through the newly proposed neighbourhood plans, their local plan or other community-led vision documents.?
On 7 Apr 2011 at 8:23pm MC wrote:
Lucky Ringmer... perhaps.

Cynical and flippantly. I'd like to own a field in Ringmer right now (and to be on the parish council or have friends in it).

"a council will need to adopt a neighbourhood plan providing it is line with wider ambitions for growth in their area."
I'd like to see the the Govt definition of "growth" (where is it?). I wonder if a number of communities might not entirely welcome "growth", but it looks that only if they do (toe the line?) will their local council be allowed to have any say in their local plan. Otherwise it's back to the Local Development Plans (which are such humongous, stultified and all encompassing documents that they were out of date before they were even finished).
"By giving local people a greater say together with new incentives to share in the benefits of growth, our reforms will help to create the conditions where communities begin to welcome development rather than resist it at all costs."
Another worry is fiefdom. For obvious reasons in a small village much gets done via personal (as opposed professional) relationships. This could end up favouring councilors, their friends and long-term village residents.
On 7 Apr 2011 at 9:35pm Mr Forks wrote:
No more wind turbines for Ringmer then??!!
On 8 Apr 2011 at 7:07am Spectacles wrote:
Couldn't you have found some way of editing your post Bling Mare? Slabs of bureaucratise like that don't encourage readers to read on you know. And why you needed to give all the details about the 17 'pioneers' I'll never know.
On 8 Apr 2011 at 8:15am Vesbod wrote:
Well at least Bling can't be accused of being economical with the information.
On 8 Apr 2011 at 10:24am Twinky wrote:
@Spoectacles : Can't you skim? Why does every second post on this forum have to be a moan at another poster?
On 8 Apr 2011 at 10:38am MC wrote:
Here here. It'd be so much better here if a measure of tolerance was practiced and posters were more inclusive, and welcomed new posters instead if carping, sniping and condemning from the cowardly comfort of this forum's anonymity policy.
On 8 Apr 2011 at 1:34pm Spectacles wrote:
Okay Twinky, if you didn't mind reading it that's fine. I think most people would be put off by the irrelevance of most of it.
On 8 Apr 2011 at 6:21pm Bling Mare wrote:
I considered editing the original article, but thought that you would complain about not being in receipt of the full facts (who are the other 16 pioneers etc).
As Jesus said, "there is no pleasing some people"!
On 9 Apr 2011 at 5:32pm Spectacles wrote:
How right your are Bling Mare. But no, I wouldn't have complained about brevity.
On 10 Apr 2011 at 1:31pm Alfresco wrote:
Sounds like a good idea providing the villagers are allowed to participate in an unbiased referendum to give their views on the plans; unlike the proposed survey being carried out on May 5th 2011.
The Parish Council want the 'newly elected' Parish Council to consider donating £420,000 to the village hall extension fund, which amounts to a doubling of the Council Tax over 4 years, to pay for it! This survey is to 'check the residents opinion on this issue'.
The survey is being conducted on local election day when very few people turn out to vote due to apathy and postal voting which is becoming more widespread in Rural communities.
Not a fair representation of Villagers opinions I would suggest!
Let's hope the Neighbourhood Plan one will be conducted in a different manner to allow everyone the opportunity to voice their opinion..

On 10 Apr 2011 at 6:26pm Mack the knife wrote:
Does this mean then that planning officers will now have to buy their own holidays to Tenerife now instead of getting them "bunged" by a developer!! Viva the big society. Damn I mentioned politics.
On 12 Apr 2011 at 8:07am Screaming J wrote:
Cue Ringmer Parish Council being bombarded with lots of calls from creepy consultants and planning 'advisers' who want to 'help' them. That £20k will disappear very quickly unless they are careful...........
On 12 Apr 2011 at 9:57am Andaxi wrote:
They don't need any help in wasting taxpayers money..........the Village Hall funding fiasco is proof of this!!
On 14 Apr 2011 at 10:03pm Lost cause wrote:
You lot will still have to pay if you don't do something about it and then we can all come up from Lewes and use it for a fraction of what we have to pay here!

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Good to hear.

Tempers have been flaring in town over the lack of diversity of choice of olive oil ;p

Would love to know... more
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