Moving Forward

The Questionnaire Results Exhibition is now open in St Mary’s church with a second exhibition in Christ Church, The exhibition will remain there until early September.

The Questionnaire captured the community opinions which set the agenda for a series of public workshops in September and October that offers you the chance to directly influence the direction and content of Goudhurst Neighbourhood plan.

There were 1,156 responses completed representing  around 50% of the Parish. A Full analysis of the Residents Questionnaire has now been published along with results of the Business questionnaire received 58 responses and these results are also included in the Questionnaire Results Exhibition.

Our initial analysis of the results shows some clear preferences around the type and scale of development. They also identify priority issues in the community and with few exceptions there is a consistent message that is shared across all age ranges.

In September there will be a series of public workshops based around the questionnaire results and other evidence gathered by our working groups to turn our evidence into action. These dates (and how to book your place) will be announced soon.

There was an excellent response to our open evening on the 24th May with 276 people counted through the door and standing room only. The meeting was recorded and is available on You-Tubeif you have the time!

The evening gave an update on the NDP activities and with guest speakers from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council who presented their Issues and Options consultation (which has now closed). The evening launched the Residents Questionnaire

The NDP Steering and Working Groups have been running for some six months and have made some excellent progress. The story so far can be found on our Background and History pages that cover everything from the agreement to build a plan to the formation of the Steering and Working Groups.  This page will now focus on current activities.

The Photographic Competition is open and will be running for the next 12 months with the best entries shortlisted for a final exhibition and overall winners in February 2018. Capture the changing seasons of our parish. There have been some fantastic entries for March and April.

Our efforts are running in parallel with the  Tunbridge Wells Local Plan consultation which is open for public response from 2nd May to 12th June.  We have listed the Issues and Options along with all evidence papers. Members of the TWBC planning team will be presenting at our open meeting on the 24th May. Make sure you give your feedback.

Our Working Groups are continuing to build our evidence base, that along with the results of the Questionnaire will be used to support a series of public workshops to be held in the autumn covering:

  • Housing & Business (September)
  • Traffic and Transport (October)
  • Community and Landscape (October)

These workshops will help set and agree the overall goals and objectives of our plan and set out our overall vision.

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