26th March 2014
Bath and North east Somerset Council formally designated the Chew Valley Area as a Neighbourhood Area, after an application was made by the Parishes of Chew Magna, Chew Stoke, Ubley, Compton Martin, West Harptree, East Harptree and Hinton Blewett. These 7 Parishes expressed an interest in preparing a joint Chew Valley Neighbourhood Development Plan, so in accordance with the regulations of the Localism Act 2011 they submitted a Neighbourhood Area Designation Application.
The task of creating the joint Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan formally started. A steering group of representatives from all 7 parishes was formed. In addition the ward councillors for the parishes are on the steering group as well as representatives from other useful organisations. Meetings are generally held on the 3rd monday of every month.
We have run initial drop-in events throughout the 7 parishes during the summer and took a stall at the Chew Stoke Harvst Home. We had information boards at every event showing some of the policies other communities had chosen to include in their neighbourhood plas. We also had local maps and information on the process for CVNP.
We asked every person to fill in our initial questionaire, although some filled in jointly, some took them home to fill in. The results for the questionaire will be collated during October 2014.
We have established some subgroups who will now start to meet and consider the summary of points from our initial questionaire. Combined Summary of responses to Drop-in questionnaire.
We have devised a very detailed Household Surevey with the help of Worcester-Research, this has been sent to all households in the plan area with a pre-paid return envelope. The results are expected in January 2015.
We are delighted with the results from our household survey. They indicated how much we all love the area we live in
Overall, more than 90% of residents felt satisfaction with their own village, including a majority of 55.9% who felt ‘very satisfied.
More importantly it gives really useful information on a number of issues, the full report can be viewed here 15.01.26 – Worcester household survey report
Further, with a response rate was almost 30% the information gives a good mandate on which to be continuing. So the information from that will be used by the subgroups to look further at the primary issues and if need be to go to stakeholders for further information.
We recognise that we need to do a survey aimed at young people, this will be issued soon.
We now also have returns from the questionnaire that we submitted to all the pupils at Chew Valley School. we are collating the results. Sub-groups are busy preparing policy options, using this and all the other information we have gathered. We will publish these options during Summer 2015 at 3 drop-in events.
Our document with all our policy options is published and pushed through the door of every household.To view it please go to this page: Options Document
There was at least 1 drop-in point with the full document and response forms in every Parish. There were 4 “manned” sessions held to help further inform residents and answer questions. Also a stall at the Chew Stoke Harvest Home.
Feedback forms were available at all drop-in points, drop-in sessions and to download online. Also – as an alternative an online Survey Monkey form was created. Feedback was requested by 10th September – latest. All returned replies will be carefully looked at in the Autumn. Policies will be modified accordingly.
Our aim is to have the final Draft ready to submit to BaNES early in 2016. This is slightly later than our original target, however there is much detailed work still needed to finalise some of the policies.
Responses and feedback statistics can be seen here: 2015 Option Responses
We are working to get a Draft finished for publication early in the new year.
Our “Consultation Draft Plan” is now available to review. Along with other associated documents.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO FIND ALL THE DOCUMENTS
The “Consultation Draft” of the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Development Plan is being consulted on, publicly, from 1st May 2016 to 13th June 2016.
There will be a folder with this document printed in full in all seven participating Parishes. For exact locations see your parish noticeboard or contact your Parish Clerk.
WE ARE HOLDING THREE PUBLIC CONSULTATION SESSIONS
FEEL FREE TO COME TO ANY ONE
- Wednesday 11th May, 6.30pm to 8pm at Woodford Lodge
- Saturday 21st May, 10am to 12noon at Woodford Lodge
- Monday 6th June, 6.30pm to 8pm at Woodford Lodge
You can discuss the policies and aspirations in The Plan with members of the steering group, we will have larger print maps on display and all the supporting documents.
WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK
YOU CAN FILL IN or LEAVE FEEDBACK FORMS AT THE DROP-IN SESSIONS
Or you can download a feedback form from this site, here: consultationFeedbackForm
Or you can feedback online via survey monkey, here: Online Feedback
YOU CAN LEAVE FEEDBACK FORMS WITH THE FOLDERS, WITH ANY OF YOUR PARISH COUNCILLORS
OR BRING THEM TO OUR DROP-IN SESSION – THANK YOU, WE REALLY VALUE YOUR COMMENTS.
What happens next?
- Following this six week public consultation, there will be a period of two weeks during which time the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will review the feedback from the community and make any appropriate amendments to the draft Plan.
- Towards the end of June the Chew Valley Neighbourhood “pre-submission draft” Plan will be submitted to B&NES for review. B&NES will review the document and around mid-July they will hold a further six week public consultation of the pre-submission draft Plan. Making allowances for holidays, the consultation will end mid-September
- The steering group will then select an Examiner (a planning inspector) and the “submission draft” Plan will be sent to them for examination.
- Time scales become less clear here, however it is hoped that the examination will be completed by mid- October. On the assumption that the examiner finds the Plan “Sound” it can be taken forward for public referendum within the seven parishes. The Referendum on the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan requires a lead time of six week and is expected to take place either late 2016 or early 2017.
July 2016: CVNP PRE-SUBMISSION DRAFT PLAN
The Pre-Submission version of the CVNP (that will be submitted to B&NES) and other associated documents can be found via the link below. Various edits have been made based on the consultation feedback.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
- The steering group will soon select an Examiner (a planning inspector) and when the B&NES consultation is finished the “submission draft” Plan will be sent to the examiner.
- Time scales become less clear here, however it is hoped that the examination will be completed by mid- November. On the assumption that the examiner finds the Plan “Sound” it can be taken forward for public referendum within the seven parishes. The Referendum on the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan requires a lead time of six week and is expected to take place early in 2017.