Public Consultative Workshop

Friday 12th February 2016 & Saturday 13th February 2016.




Opening Times 

Friday 12th February from 5:00pm to 9:30pm 

Saturday 13th February from 10:00am to 4:00pm 

Parish Rooms


HAVE YOUR SAY - THE NEXT STEPS (click on the picture above for the supporting information)

Consultative Workshops – Friday 12th and Saturday 13th February -in the Parish Rooms

The article in the December edition of Abbtalk indicated that the Steering group was working on producing the Vision Statement, Aims and Objectives for our Neighbourhood Plan. This has now been achieved and, as the process requires, this needs to be communicated to our residents, businesses and other relevant organisations connected with the Parish. We need to receive feedback, and hopefully support, so as to proceed to the next stages towards the production of the final Plan.

Although the wording of some of the statements in the document may appear somewhat bland and jargonistic, the Group felt it important that the sort of wording which is required in the final Plan should be made available to all at this stage. This is to ensure that the final Plan has the full support of the community, and not appear in a format which people might then think, “but this isn’t what I saw before, and was consulted about.”

In view of this decision, the Group decided that the full document should be circulated before the Workshop, together with a simple questionnaire to gauge support for the individual statements contained within it. The Workshop should then be able to give people a better opportunity to attend with prior knowledge of what is being recommended for our Parish, enabling them to concentrate more on the detail of what it might mean in reality, than might otherwise be the case. To facilitate this further, the intention is to illustrate some of the Objectives with examples, relevant to our Parish.

At the Workshop, people will be able to leave their comments on any aspect of the Plan, all of which will be recorded. These will then be analysed and, in the light of these, amendments will be made before proceeding to the final phase of the exercise which is to produce the policies required to implement the Plan. The Plan itself will then be produced after yet further consultation.

The Workshop will follow the format of the one held in June 2014 which kicked off the whole process, in that there will be boards of explanatory information following the headings of the Statements produced. The Workshop will have in attendance members of the Steering group who will be able to explain the thinking behind these and answer any questions. It is hoped that Stuart Todd, our Planning Consultant will also be in attendance, at least for part of the time.

You can download the questionnaire and return it completed to the workshop or beforehand to Abbotsford (at the junction of Slade Lane and Ford Road)

Workshop times are Friday evening 5.00 – 9.30pm; Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm

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