We have had confirmation that we will receive Technical Support to carry out Site Surveys with AECOM http://www.aecom.com/ This will ensure we meet the tighter requirements being imposed on Neighbourhood Plans by Councils, Developers and the Planning Inspectorate.
We received the first draft of the HNA in August and have reviewed the 66 page document with HDC, our consultants, AiRS and the NP Team before the final version is published. The document states that Upper Beeding, Small Dole, Edburton and Truleigh Hill are all very desirable places to live (as if we didn’t know that). The number of houses identified that we require over the next 15 years, based on unconstrained demand,(lack of sites for development, SDNP, flood risk etc. not taken into consideration) are 189 of which 63 need to be affordable. Once the document has been agreed we will make it available on the Parish Council website for all to view. For info we have built 41 homes (25 in Adur View) in the last 5 years.
Other NP News:
· HDC have launched a new website to share info on NPs across the District – Yammer https://www.yammer.com/horshamdistrictneighbourhoodplanningforum/#/home
· Met with Ed Carr to discuss his Arts and Culture ideas for the Cement Works
· Meeting with the Small Dole (SD)Village Hall Team to discuss NP on 27th. September
· Henfield PC have distributed NP questionnaires to all SD residents
· Could our Garages be used for Affordable Housing (AH)
Andrew Purches has put forward this idea to build housing on top of some of the garages we have in UB. The picture is of a scheme the London Borough of Lambeth have adopted in Gipsy Hill. We intend to investigate further as this could be a very sensible option.
· The Cement Works has been in the news again and I have been in communication with Steve Dudman, Ed Carr http://www.southdownproject.com/ and Bill Dunster http://www.offgridbreak.com/ It is still very unclear what Steve Dudman intends to do with the site. South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) are considering an Area Action Plan(AAP) with more detailed guidance and elaboration on the broad planning principles within their Local Plan for the site. This proposal follows detailed advice from Planning Inspector(s) and is considered legally robust and will include community engagement and input. This is planned to start in September and we hope to be involved.
· Next NP Team Meeting is possibly 20th, Sept at the HUB UB, will confirm on the PC website along with more NP News http://upperbeeding-pc.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan/
Sean Teatum Chairman of the UB NP Team