Farnsfield Parish Council
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Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan referendum
The Neighbourhood Plan has now reached the stage where it will be voted on in a referendum on the 28th September 2017
At the Referendum, voters will be asked just one question, “Do you want Newark and Sherwood District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Farnsfield to help it decide planning permissions in the neighbourhood area? Yes/No
The Neighbourhood Plan has been through various stages and the residents, businesses and landowners have been consulted throughout. The most recent community consultation resulted in written representation from 57 local residents. The following paragraphs offer a concise summary of the views expressed by these respondents in relation to the Plan and its policies.
Vision and Objectives: 93% of respondents agreed with the vision and objectives of the Plan. Village character and scale of development were the main focus of comments regarding the Vision and Objectives. The need for affordable homes, and ensuring services are not negatively impacted by new development, were also referenced in several comments.
FNP1 Housing Development: 79% of respondents agreed with the policy. Maintaining the village envelope and developing existing allocations were a prominent feature in the comments, as was the size of any new development(s) and impact on existing infrastructure, services and facilities.
FNP2 Infill Development: 79% of respondents agreed with the policy. Despite high levels of agreement, the comments reflect a range of viewpoints. The need to manage parking congestion is mentioned in several comments, as is the importance of building style and reflecting and maintaining the character of the village.
FNP3 Affordable Housing: 79% of respondents agreed with the policy. Comments were generally consistent in support for affordable housing in a variety of forms and for properties suited to the needs of older and less mobile members of the community. Comments also indicated a preference for houses to be of small scale, integrated into developments and to be within the village envelope. However, comments regarding disagreement also focused on housing being located within the village envelope and on existing allocations.
FNP4 Local Employment Opportunities: 89% of respondents agreed with the policy. Although largely supportive of the policy, comments reflected concerns about the growth of the village envelope and by inference the sale of any employment uses.
FNP5 A Thriving Parish: 86% of respondents agreed with the policy. Comments suggest a preference for maintaining and supporting existing facilities.
FNP6 Other Uses on Employment Sites: 79% 0f respondents agreed with the policy. A perceived need for Elderly Care provision had a significant emphasis within the comments.
FNP7 Quality of Development: 89% of respondents agreed with the policy. Design and character were emphasised as being important, with comments that new development should be of an appropriate style, and blend with the existing character and village setting.
FNP8 Landscape: 93% of respondents agreed with this policy. Comments generally emphasise the importance of good landscape planning and the use of indigenous species to fit in with the rural landscape and character of the village.
FNP9 Access to the Countryside: 88% of respondents agreed with this policy. Access to the Countryside is valued and preserving existing access is a priority. Comments suggest that there may be issues relating to maintaining public footways and that the village would benefit from additional green infrastructure and pedestrian routes.
FNP10 Community Facilities: 86% of respondents agreed with this policy. The issue of parking in the village is raised in a number of comments, including in association with the use of medical and other village facilities. Whilst views differ in the comments about how and where the ‘village centre’ is used its importance is reflected in the comments. The importance of retaining play facilities is also emphasised in the comments received.
Character Appraisal: 88% of respondents agreed with this policy. The many of the comments refer back to perceived weaknesses in previous developments and emphasise the need for sympathetic design and scale of development.
The Independent Examiner considered that the Farnsfield Neighbourhood Plan will provide a strong practical framework against which decisions on development can be made.
Clerk to Council