LONGSTOWE PARISH COUNCIL
OPEN NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN MEETING
TUESDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2022
Present: Cllr Barbara Cooper (Chairperson)
Cllr Will Bevan
Cllr Geoff Hemmins
Cllr Ben Holland
Cllr Peter White
Sharon Brown (Clerk)
Also present: 22 other residents of Longstowe.
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
2. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION TO NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANS
Cllr Barbara Cooper welcomed everyone to the Open Meeting.
The concept of a Neighbourhood Plan (NdP) was introduced together with the NOLAN Principles that guide it. The overarching purpose of this type of plan was outlined, this being a shared vision for Longstowe for 10 / 20 / 25 years. It enables the expression of ideas, concerns and needs of the local population as it looks to the future.
The value of a NdP as a formal planning document holding weight and as an obligatory reference in planning decision making in local government was discussed. This was compared to Community Led Plans or Parish Plans, which whilst valuable on a project by project basis, hold no weight in local government planning decisions.
3. CREATING A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – THE PROCESS
It was noted that the Parish Council, whilst holding this introductory meeting, did not have the function of producing a NdP. If the Open Meeting wished to go forward with a NdP then a Steering Group must be formed which should encompass the broadest spectrum of the village residents – including young to old, new to long-time residents / businesses.
The steps in creating a Neighbourhood Plan were outlined:
a) Set up a Steering Group (any conflict of interest must be declared).
b) Steering Group creates a timetable.
c) Collect views – surveys / open meetings / other formats.
d) Application to CCC that Longstowe wishes to undertake a Neighbourhood Plan.
e) Write the Plan – proposals / policies.
f) Open the Plan to consultation in the village.
g) Analyse consultation responses.
h) Further gathering of information / views as required.
i) Analysis 2.
j) Repeat steps f) to i) as necessary.
k) Final Draft.
l) Submit Draft Plan to an Independent Panel.
m) Rewrite Plan and reopen village consultation and analyses if required by the Panel.
n) Repeat step l).
o) Village Referendum.
4. OPEN DISCUSSION, QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
The discussion ranged through ideas / needs and concerns. This included:
• the lack of and need for a far better bus service, something the village used to have.
• a footpath to the Red House and another to Bourn this latter to connect with the current bus service 18 to Cambridge.
Housing development / lack of:
• the housing needs of village residents as the population ages, children become adults, new children are born.
• the previous Longstowe Housing Survey – 2018 was noted and will be made available to the Steering Group. The need to review, this now 4 years old data, and undertake further survey was recognised.
• the apparently variable decisions made on planning applications by SCDC / GGSPS was discussed.
The value of having a Neighbourhood Plan:
• the fact that a NdP must be taken into account in planning decision making.
• that local concerns / needs and aspirations must be considered within planning matters.
Timescale of Neighbourhood Plan creation:
• Noted that this is between 1-2 years.
Application for grants by a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group:
• Noted that the Steering Group can apply for grants to assist in developing a Plan, which could also include technical assistance.
5. FORMATION OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING GROUP
Thirteen people came forward from the floor to form the Steering Group.
6. DATE OF FIRST STEERING GROUP MEETING: MONDAY 7TH MARCH 2022, AT 7.30 PM AT LONGSTOWE VILLAGE HALL.
Signed by Date