Ropley Neighbourhood Plan


Latest Update – November 2017

Welcome to the latest Neighbourhood Plan update

When we prepared our previous update we had completed the development of the policies for the Neighbourhood Plan but EHDC had then asked us to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) on the draft plan based on input from Historic England, with a focus on the main housing site that has been selected. That SEA is now underway and we are expecting completion during November, which will allow us to submit the draft plan to the Parish Council for approval at their January meeting, provided the SEA does not require significant changes to the plan. Our current plan is to launch the public consultation towards the end of January.

In other developments we have revised the list of settlement gaps to remove the originally proposed gap along the parish boundary with Bishop’s Sutton. This was done on advice from both EHDC and our planning consultant based on the absence of any significant risk of development over the boundary. The revised list of gaps was approved by the Parish Council at their October meeting and is now available on the Neighbourhood Plan page on the website together with the other previously approved policies.

The review of the Settlement Policy Boundaries within Ropley is continuing. These will become part of the Neighbourhood Plan and will supersede the current boundaries developed by EHDC in 2006.

We have also made good progress on developing the resources that will be required for the Public Consultation including a revamped web page where the draft plan can be examined and an online feedback tool that can be used for submitting comments and suggestions about the draft plan. In parallel with this we are continuing to catalogue the large number of documents and maps that will form the evidence base that underpins the draft plan document.

Help Needed …

In order to accelerate this process we are looking for a volunteer to help us with the documentation process. As most of us have been working on the plan for a couple of years, it would be beneficial to have a fresh pair of eyes to spot missing links and documents, insider jargon and other items than need fixing before we go to public consultation. If you think you have the skills to do this and want to help the village to realise its Neighbourhood Plan then please drop us an email at

 Public Consultation

The Public Consultation is the opportunity for EVERYBODY in the village to have their say. Once the finalised draft plan and policies have been approved by the Parish Council, every household in the village will be notified of the start of the consultation phase and will be invited to a village meeting where the plan will be presented. This information will also be posted on village notice boards and Hard copies of the plan will be available to view in prominent locations around the parish, and the plan will be available to download from the web site. A further web site, hosted by, will be available for parishioners and organisations to give feedback on the plan. Written feedback will also be accepted on forms that will be available from the Courtyard village shop, and completed forms can be posted to or deposited at the village shop. The consultation phase will last for 8 weeks.

The Plan team have always highlighted that this is a unique opportunity to shape the future development of the village and that you will have control of its outcome – the forthcoming village meeting, the following consultation phase and finally the referendum are your opportunities to exercise that control.

We are always open to feedback or questions about the plan. We have an open Steering Committee meeting on the second Monday of every month to which anybody is welcome to ask questions, raise issues or just watch the process in action – the next one is on 13th November at 7.30pm in the small room at the Village Hall. Otherwise you can always send us an email at

Ropley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

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.


contact your Geographical Lead below

Neighbourhood 1 – Village Center

Robin Houghton on

Neighbourhood 2 – Gascoigne Lane, Gilbert Street, Court Lane & Swelling Hill

Roger Langridge on

Neighbourhood 3 – Ropley Dean, Station Road & Bighton Hill North Street

Sarah Crockford on

Neighbourhood 4 – Monkwood, Charlwood & Lyeway

Simon Tye on

Neighbourhood 5 – Soames Lane, Stapely Lane, Parkstone Road & Lywood

David Harrison on

Neighbourhood 6 – Lower Petersfield Road & Park Lane

Rosie and Andy Sampson on


Enhance & protect Ropley, Monkwood and West Tisted