Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan
The Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan is our opportunity as a community to have more say in the development of Whitchurch over the next 15 years.
Our Neighbourhood Plan covers the Parish of Whitchurch and will provide a basis for its development for the next 15 years in conjunction with the evolving Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) Local Plan.
The key elements of the Neighbourhood Plan will be the choice of sites for development, both housing and employment, and the choice of new or updated facilities to accommodate the expanding population. The plan does not allow the choice of how many houses will need to be built, as this forms part of the BDBC Local Plan, but it does allow the local community to have a say in where and how new houses and employment sites should best be integrated into the rest of the parish.
It is estimated that the process of putting the plan together will take 18-24 months. It is the task of the Steering Committee to take the process forward, developing the programme and scope and ultimately to complete The Plan.
The Neighbourhood Plan requires continuing consultation with the Community, the Borough Council and interest groups and other stakeholders. The process involves a number of stages including:
- development of a “Vision” for the Parish
- formulation of planning policies which will apply to the future development of the Parish
- independent review of the draft Plan
- the finalisation of The Plan
- adoption via a referendum
- implementation of The Plan
The Steering Committee is made up of local volunteers and by some members of the Town Council. It is supported by the Town Council, but does not form part of it. A number of additional local people are involved as supporting volunteers but are not steering committee members. The Committee is chaired by David George and meets every two weeks on Wednesday evenings. These meetings are attended by committee members and volunteers and are also open to interested members of the public.