The Neighbourhood Plan is approaching completion. The closing stages include making the draft available for a six-week consultation period. The plan will then be sent to the District Council for independent examination.
The Steering Group invites all parishioners to a presentation of the draft on Tuesday 24th April at 7.30pm at the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall. This will be an opportunity to ask questions about the Plan before the six-week formal consultation begins. Refreshments will be served from 7.00pm.
Having completed a Community Led Plan, the parishes of Uffington, Baulking and Woolstone agreed to develop jointly a Neighbourhood Plan which would enable residents to influence the future development of the three villages. It was expected that the Plan would take from two to three years to complete. At the September 2016 Woolstone Parish Meeting members voted to leave the planning process. The formal application for the redesignated area comprising only Uffington and Baulking parishes was approved by the VOWH in March 2017 (see item below for details).
When adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will have legal status and must be considered when planning decisions are made.
There will be opportunities for all residents of both parishes to comment on the development of the Plan as it progresses and it will have to be approved via a local referendum before it is adopted. You will be invited to make your comments either:
A very successful consultation event was held on the evening of 14 November seeking views on the draft policies following the completion of the Lanscape Study and as we work towards the final draft of this Plan. A short report on the event and copies of all the documents used and discussed is here.
The 3rd Uffington, Baulking Neighbourhood Plan Consultation took place on Wednesday 21st June at the THMH. The slides are available here.
This was an opportunity for members of our community to look at how far we have come in the process, to ask questions and tell us what THEY think of the emerging Plan as we approach the final draft. In particular, it was the first oppotunity to discuss the DRAFT policies that are being proposed by the Focus Groups.
Please see PUBLIC CONSULTATION page for the presentation and draft policies.
Your COMMENTS are invited - either from those who attended and wish to add further comments or from those who were unable to attend and would like to do so. Please comment by email to email@example.com or via our Contact page.
Following the HNA which identified a Housing Need of only 19 homes, the NPSG decided at its May meeting that no specific sites would be allocated in the Neighbourhood Plan. A Landscape Study has been initiated to identify the impact of building in different areas, rather than on specific sites, of the Plan area. The study has started and is now expected to be complete by the end of October (slipped from mid-September to allow more detail to be added to final report).
As part of the neighbourhood planning process we need to establish the numbers and types of houses required in future in our area. To do this a Housing Needs Assessment was initiated in January 2017 overseen by a consultant. A questionnaire was delivered to every household in the two parishes and replies made either on paper or electronically.
The results have now been fully analysed. Two reports are being released today, 23 May 2017. One covers the output from the questionnaires and the second the implications for local housing needs in our area over the Neighbourhood Plan period.
The reports can be found on this web-site under creating-the-plan/focus-groups/housing/
The revised area designation covering only Baulking and Uffington parishes, was approved by the VOWH on 9 March 2017. The designation letter and map are attached below. The revised Terms of Reference for the Steering Group have been approved by Uffington Parish Council and Baulking Parish Meeting.