Ropley Neighbourhood Plan
Welcome to the Pre-Submission Plan Consultation
Following the approval by the Parish Council of the Pre-Submission Ropley Neighbourhood Plan, the public consultation on the contents of the plan is now underway. It runs for eight weeks from 31st January 2018 and finishes on 28th March 2018.
We Want Your Views
This is your opportunity to comment on ANYTHINGin the plan. Please use the consultation webpage to do this. We have also made arrangements for villagers who are not online – see below.
The Consultation Process
- A public meeting was held at the Ropley Parish Hall on 30th January 2018 at 7.30pm which presented the consultation process and answered questions, as well as providing an overview of the pre-submission plan.
If you missed the meeting a copy of the presentation is here
- Drop in sessions will be held at the Ropley Coffee Rooms (next to the Courtyard Village Shop) on the following Saturday mornings to discuss the pre-submission plan and consultation, as well as providing help in completing the feedback process:
- 3rd February from 9.30am to 12.30pm
- 10th February from 1pm to 4pm
- 24th February from 9.30am to 12.30pm
- 10th March from 1pm to 4pm
- Hard copies of the Plan will be available to view at the following locations:
- The Courtyard Village Shop
- Watercress Medical Group Surgery
- Boundaries Surgery
- Alresford Surgery
- Alresford Library
- The plan can be viewed and/or downloaded here
Once you have looked at the plan, it is important that you tell us what you think about the plan and the proposed policies it contains, then let us know what, if anything, you would like to see changed so that it reflects your vision of Ropley in the future. Please also let us know if there are things you really like about the plan!
As part of the Neighbourhood Plan process, we were required to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), and this can be downloaded here. If you have comments or feedback on the contents of the SEA please either include them in the general comments feedback box that follows the feedback area for policy 24 in the consultation tool, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To facilitate your feedback we have established a consultation webpage through which you can provide your feedback and comments on ANYTHING in the plan. We are grateful to futuredynamix.com for this support.
If you are not online, feedback forms can be collected from the Courtyard Village Shop and returned either at the Courtyard Village Shop or by post to:
Ropley Neighbourhood Plan Consultation, c/o The Courtyard Village Shop, Church Street, Ropley, SO24 0DS.
All feedback will be acknowledged, collated and reviewed. If there is sufficient strength of feeling about particular proposals then the Neighbourhood Plan team and Parish Council will consider changes to the draft plan, and any amendments to the plan will be discussed and voted on at the next available Parish Council meeting.
Once this consultation process has concluded and any amendments have been voted through, the plan becomes the Ropley Neighbourhood Plan submission document to East Hampshire District Council (EHDC), who then take ownership of the remainder of the process. EHDC will then review the plan and consult with the required statutory bodies. The plan will then be subject to examination by an independent external examiner. Any changes required by the examiner will be returned to the Parish Council who can either accept or reject the changes. If these are accepted the Plan will then be subject to a parish wide referendum administered by EHDC, and, if approved by more than 50% of votes, become part of the local planning policy for Ropley.
It is a community-led project for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It is not a tool to prevent development and it will not affect planning applications that have already been submitted. It may contain visions, aims, planning policies and proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development, or preventing specific types of development in specific locations.
Neighbourhood Plans have statutory authority. This gives them far more weight than some other local documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements, and local authorities or planning inspectors have to make decisions on the basis of the polices contained in the Neighbourhood Plan
The scope and complexity of a plan can vary. It could be wide-ranging, or deal with just one or two issues only. We’ve gone for just one issue to start with, housing. This is to play catch-up and tie in with EHDC publishing their new planning policy, due in December 2015.
Over the life of the plan there will be a continuing requirement to update it. It’s a living document. There are also other areas to branch out into, like education, transport and other infrastructure.
.Settlements that have a Neighbourhood Plan can directly influence how infrastructure funding is spent, benefiting from an increase to 25% (from 15%) of the Community Infrastructure Levy revenues from any relevant development that takes place in their area.
Why bother with a Neighbourhood Plan
We could leave everything to the EHDC planners in Penns Place. But beware; many of the surrounding villages to Ropley are already working on producing their own Neighbourhood Plans. Any villages or settlements without one are more at risk of future over development and less able to influence future housing allocations and infrastructure development.
Public Consultation is key
For Ropley’s Neighbourhood Plan to be valid, formal approval to be obtained and the Plan to gain statutory status, we must show that the local community has been actively engaged throughout the process and their opinions and representation reflected in the plan. As a member of the community you can participate directly in that.
To make coordination and communication easier, Ropley and the surrounding area has been split into 6 geographical areas. Each area has a person to lead the distribution and gathering of information and ideas interfacing between the residents and the Steering Committee that’s managing this project.
To GET INVOLVED and HAVE YOUR SAY
contact your Geographical Lead below
Neighbourhood 1 – Village Center
◦ Robin Houghton on email@example.com
Neighbourhood 2 – Gascoigne Lane, Gilbert Street, Court Lane & Swelling Hill
◦ Roger Langridge on firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbourhood 3 – Ropley Dean, Station Road & Bighton Hill North Street
◦ Sarah Crockford on email@example.com
Neighbourhood 4 – Monkwood, Charlwood & Lyeway
◦ Simon Tye on firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbourhood 5 – Soames Lane, Stapely Lane, Parkstone Road & Lywood
◦ David Harrison on email@example.com
Neighbourhood 6 – Lower Petersfield Road & Park Lane
◦ Rosie and Andy Sampson on firstname.lastname@example.org