Hurst Green is taking the opportunity given by the Localism Act of 2011 to have a genuine influence on the future development of our own community by creating a Neighbourhood Plan which will carry full legal status once it is made (adopted).
The plan is a legal document that allows local people to create a plan that allows us to develop planning policies that reflect the priorities of our area and has real legal weight. The whole community then decides at a referendum vote whether the local authority should bring the plan into force.
The neighbourhood plan is:
- A document that sets out planning policies for our Parish, with the planning policies used to decide whether to approve planning applications
- Written by the local community, rather than the Local Planning Authority
- A powerful tool to ensure Hurst Green gets the right types of development and in the right place, as well as a method to document what we wish to happen with our open spaces, transport and anything else we wish to include in the plan.
Working in close cooperation with the District Planners but always with the best interests of Hurst Green, the Steering Group and its Task Groups are predominantly made up of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to get involved, please do contact the Clerk or any of the Council's Councillors.
Residents are asked to contribute their views on housing in our area by taking our housing survey. The survey is being conducted both online and also through a paper copy which has been delivered to each household in the Parish, or that can be downloaded and returned.
Our initial and extended open Call for Housing Sites has concluded, where residents, landowners and other interested parties were invited to submit suggestions to help identify land within Hurst Green Parish which has potential for new housing and other uses. Find out where and more on the dedicated Call for Sites section.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group meets once a month, usually on the third Tuesday of each month at the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. All meetings are open to the public, who are warmly invited to come along to hear about progress. See our agendas and minutes.
You can view all of the documents relating to the draft plan on the Documents & Resources page.
The Neighbourhood Plan is led by a Steering Group and supported by several Task Groups. Find out more about who is contributing to the plan on the People & Groups page.