One of the most important areas for our neighbourhood plan is housing but there are many ways to deliver new houses in the Parish
Tunbridge Wells have issued two call-for-sites (2016 & 2017) which were intended to identify land for development. These two activities brought forward 23 sites across our Parish for consideration for future development.
Although we have not issued a ‘Goudhurst only call-for-sites’ we have developed a set of Site Assessment Criteria to allow us to objectively review sites submitted in the TWBC process. Our own Site Assessment Criteria allows us to complete a consistent analysis of any sites now and in the future.
What are our criteria?
Our criteria only assess the land and its suitability of the land for development. There are no specific schemes (x houses or Y flats) proposed at this stage of the planning process. Any proposed scheme would need to comply with the policies in our plan as well as borough and national policy.
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All of the sites submitted to the two TWBC Call-for-Sites requests have been assessed.
You are invited to one last workshop!
The neighbourhood plan is in final development and we need your help to work through the finer details of the plan before we publish our first draft in June.
If you have any thoughts of how you would like our communities to grow and change over the coming years or how we can overcome some of the issues and concerns raised in our community then please come along to the Parish Hall Goudhurst on the 28th April at 9:30.
The workshop will review our options for development within the Parish and also identify and finalise the list of projects and activities to be included in the final plan. These will range from improving or creating village amenities to addressing traffic congestion. This is a chance to get your project on the list.
We will also answer any questions you may have about how future development in other parishes and the borough might impact on our community.
So put the 28th April at 9:00 in your diary and join us for coffee in the Parish Hall before the meeting – make your opinion count.
On the 10th April we will be announcing the winners of the Neighbourhood Plan photographic competition in St Marys church at 19:30.
The competition has been running for 12 months and we have had some fantastic entries.
Over the year, we shortlisted monthly winners in each category and these are listed below. We will select category winners and an overall competition winner from these entries.
Come along at19:30 the 10th April to celebrate everyones contribution in a exhibition of all of the competition entries
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We have just completed our Sustainability Analysis Scoping document and have sent it for review to a set of statutory consultees (Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency). This document is an important milestone for the team and forms part of the delivery required by planning legislation.
But what is a Sustainability Analysis Scoping document?
The document contains an overview of all of the evidence we have gathered over the last 15 months looking at the village from three perspectives:
- Social – Understand the impact of change on our Parish looking at services, our residents’ needs and issues etc. This covers topics such as deprivation, education, equality, health, housing and transport.
- Environmental – We live in a very special part of the country and our Parish has a number of unique features, habitats, and environments that need to be protected and enhanced. Here the topics were air quality, biodiversity, climate change, energy, heritage, land use, landscape, resources, waste and water.
- Economic – The Economic theme looks at business and economic development in the Parish and how the Neighbourhood Plan can support economic growth and jobs.
We analysed all of the data to identify which elements were relevant to our Parish and from that, we created a set of sustainability objectives, identifying areas that could be impacted by any future change.
The objectives (listed below) are aligned with specific topics. For each objective there are a list of guide questions. These questions will be applied to all options and proposals listed in out plan – ‘Does this option Reduce……..’ . Depending on the option under review answers will be yes, no or not relevant. The results are scored.
We will measure all proposals and options being considered for our Neighbourhood Plan against these objectives to gauge the the sustainability of any individual proposal. We will only include those proposals in our plan that can be demonstrated as sustainable.
High Level Objective
Guide questions – Does the NP…?
|1. Air||Reduce air pollution||
|2. Biodiversity||Protect and enhance biodiversity and the natural environment||
· Minimise pollution of all kinds
|3. Business Growth and employment||Encourage business growth and local employment||
|4. Climate Change & Energy||Reduce carbon footprint and adapt to predicted changes||
|5. Deprivation||Reduce poverty||
|6. Education||Improve educational attainment and enhance the skills base||
|7. Equality||Increase social mobility and inclusion||
|8. Health & Wellbeing||Improve health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities||
|9. Heritage||Preserve and enhance historical and cultural heritage assets||
|10. Housing||Provide sufficient housing to meet identified needs||
|11. Land use||Protect soils, and reuse previously developed land and buildings||
|12. Landscape||Protect and enhance landscape and townscape||
|13. Noise||Reduce noise pollution||
|14. Resources||Reduce the impact of resource consumption||
|15. Services & Facilities||Improve access to and range of services and facilities||
|16. Traffic||Reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety||
|17. Travel||Improve travel choice and reduce the need to travel by private vehicle||
|18. Waste||Reduce waste generation and disposal||
|19. Water||Manage flood risk and conserve, protect and enhance water resources||
You may not know the story of the Fegan Society which took children from the streets of London from the 1870’s and gave them education and support. The society is still active supporting children.
The original base for the charity was what is now Blantyre prison and elements of the original buildings can still be seen. James Fegan and his family are buried in St Mary’s churchyard.
You can find out more from an exhibition in Tunbridge Wells which will take your through this story. Seasons of Change: The Fegans’ Story, Tunbridge Wells, 13th – 18th March
The High Weald has concluded an analysis of the colours that make up our landscape and have published a colour chart which can be used to guide developers and planning authorities on what colours can be used in new developments to help to integrate it into the landscape successfully.
The advice is practical providing details of materials and suppliers in order to ensure new developments integrate and are ‘good neighbours’ with existing buildings and landscapes.
The full document can be found on the High Weald website and the document can be found in our resources page.
In building our Neighbourhood Plan the first activity will be to create short and long term visions for our Parish and set out the overall objectives for the Neighbourhood plan.
Come along, help set the pattern for future development in the Parish and influence the direction and content of Neighbourhood plan.
This workshop will be held in Goudhurst Parish Hall on the 9th September starting at 9:00 am and finishing around 1:00 pm.
This will be an interactive session and will use the information gathered in the questionnaire to drive the meeting agenda.
- 9:00 – Registration & refreshments
- 9:15 – Welcome and Introductions
- 9:30 – How do we create a Neighbourhood Plan?
- 9:45 – NDP questionnaire – how do we use the results?
- 10:00 – Housing Needs Survey – what did it tell us?
- 10:15 – Build our vision – develop visions for our Parish
- 11:00 – Review ‘visions’ and give feedback
- 11:15 – Choosing our vision
- 11:30 – Refreshments
- 11:45 – Setting our Objectives
- 12:15 – Review objectives and feedback
- 12:30 – Q&A
- 12:50 – Sum-up and next steps.
The results will be published on the website and in posters around the village.
This will be followed by three further workshops:
- Housing and Design – 23rd September Goudhurst Parish Hall
- Traffic and Economy – 7th October Kilndown Village Hall
- Landscape and Community – 21st October Kilndown Village Hall