Display material from the postponed community event of 28th March 2020 - Presented by Wellow Neighbourhood Plan Team - Read More here
Consultation on the Government proposed changes to the Planning system
We are concerned that the proposals from the UK Government for streamlining the Planning system will dilute the value of both Neighbourhood Plans and also Local Plans, particularly in relation to the community having a say in where development should take place and what is appropriate for the local community.
We are writing to our local MP Caroline Noakes with regard to this issue.
If anyone wishes to also comment, the details are here: White Paper consultation document
Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, Steering Committee meetings have not taken place since January 2020.
However, the Project teams are meeting regularly via Zoom, and work is continuing.
We will review the situation going forward and we intend to resume these committee meetings in public as soon as it is practical to do so.
You can still keep in touch with us and provide feedback either through our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pg/Wellowneighbourhoodplan/posts/
or through the contact details provided on the contacts page of this web site.
The Neighbourhood Plan Team would like to thank all residents who have responded to the Housing Needs Survey. The survey has now closed and we were very pleased with the number of responses received. These are now being analysed by Action Hampshire and we will receive a summary report from them in due course.
The Neighbourhood Plan Team
Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) is the planning authority for Wellow Parish and makes the decisions on development proposals and planning applications in the Parish. The area south of the A36 comes under the New Forest National Park (NFNP) planning authority.
Although the Parish Council considers all applications made to TVBC or NFNP, their response is as a consultee and TVBC or NFNP may take a different view.
This situation is not unique to Wellow; it applies almost everywhere and often results in a feeling that the planning authorities are out of touch with local opinions on how their community should grow.
A few years ago, in an attempt to give local communities more say in how their areas are developed, the Government introduced Neighbourhood Planning where communities, generally parishes or groups of parishes can, after a process of consultation with residents and local interested parties, produce a formal Neighbourhood Plan covering the next 10 to 15 years.
Our plan covers the whole of Wellow Parish – See map here
We are a group of volunteers who care about Wellow Parish and its future. We have recognised the need for Wellow Parish to have a Neighbourhood Plan which reflects the wishes of the Parish residents about any future development in Wellow.
With the agreement and full support of the Parish Council, we are working together to gather the views of the community and produce the plan on behalf of the whole community.
It is important that you continue to share your views with us as we go along.