The Parish Council feel that a Neighbourhood Plan - driven by the local community - is the best way to ensure that any new development in the area is appropriate. To this end the PC applied to Babergh DC to define the NP area to match the parish boundary. This was confirmed by BDC on 26th July 2017 and the map can also be seen on the BDC website.
It's important that people take as full a part as possible in the consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan in order to shape it for the future. With around 100 houses having been added recently in the Piggeries development, and maybe another 1000 to be added in the nearby Chilton Woods any new development should be in keeping with local needs. There are also a number of valuable heritage assets and a Conservation Area within the NP boundary, (the church of St. Lawrence is Grade 1 listed), so it will be important to give these due consideration to protect them for future generations.
Historic England has some useful information on the importance of the historic environment in the neighbourhood planning process.
The Parish Council will be holding a public meeting in early September so that residents can find out more and make their feelings and thoughts known in order to set the right course of action for the Neighbourhood Plan.
Please Note: Opinions and comments here may not reflect those of the Parish Council. Local residents are encouraged and advised to take as full a part as possible in the formulation of the Neighbourhood Plan so that it genuinely represents local requirements and wishes.
The Parish Council has set a date for the first public meeting to discuss the Neighbourhood Plan. It will be held on Monday 18th September in the Village Hall, from 7:00pm - 8:30 and all local residents are encouraged to attend in order to help shape the plan in the most appropriate way.
Peter Redfern, CEO of Taylor Wimpey (3rd largest house builder in the country) was commissioned in late 2015 to produce a report reviewing the decline in home ownership. The review was published in November 2016, and the author criticised government targets which distracted from the aims of creating a stable and accessible housing market, adding that building more houses was not the solution.