THE ELSTEAD ONLINE INTERNET NEWS MAGAZINE PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT ELSTEAD AND ITS LOCAL AREA
This section of the Magazine contains information about the Elstead & Weyburn Neighbourhood Plan
Please note that this is a privately published online magazine.
For official information about the Neighbourhood Plan please refer to the Elstead Parish Council website [LINK]
WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
Elstead and Weyburn Neighbourhood Plan
Elstead Parish Council and Peper Harow Parish are developing a Neighbourhood Plan to define the future of Elstead and the Weyburn and Tanshire part of Peper Harow Parish. Weyburn is included in the Plan Boundary because development there will have a major impact on services and facilities in Elstead.
We currently have problems with local people being priced out of the housing market, loss of retail outlets and their replacement by private housing, current housing stock being moved up-market by extensions and conversions, loss of employment opportunities in the village, an increasing commuter population and pressure from developers for excessive and inappropriate development. The aim is to restore a healthy balance for the future of the village.
The new Waverley Local Plan
The Waverley Local Plan defines a framework within which the Elstead & Weyburn Neighbourhood Plan will operate. Elstead Parish Council and Peper Harow Parish will have more money from any new housing development to use for the benefit of everybody in Elstead and Weyburn.
Who is doing this?
A Steering Group was set up to co-ordinate the activities of five Working Groups collecting evidence for the Neighbourhood Plan. They have been consulting with local people, businesses and landowners at every stage of the project, through public meetings and other means.
What is Neighbourhood Planning
The Localism Bill was enacted in April 2012 and included the right for communities to draw up a neighbourhood development plan.
It enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area, within limits set by the Waverley Local Plan and other legislation.
These plans will be used to decide the future of the places where you live and work giving the chance to influence a number of possible factors, for instance they could include:-
~ where new homes, shops and other development should be built;
~ the design of new homes;
~ provision for local housing and other needs;
~ identifing, protecting and enhancing important local environmental features and physical assets;
~ promoting quality building standards and energy-efficient construction and materials;
~ developing community facilities;
~ promotig biodiversity and renewable energy projects;
~ addressing transport and access issues.
Present Situation (March 2018)
Since 1995 Elstead has been protected by the Elstead Design Statement, a Planning document that includes much of the information going into the Neighbourhood Plan.
Part 1 of Waverley's Local Plan has been finished and Part 2 will be developed over the next year. As our Neighbourhood Plan is not yet complete Waverley has taken some decisons on the allocation of Green Belt land for development that Elstead Parish Council does not support. Housing site allocation will therefore not be included in the Neighbourhood Plan but there is some scope for modification of Part 2 of the Local Plan. A Green Belt Review Group has been set up to examine this.