2019Why a Neighbourhood Plan now?
For 7-8 years now the Government has been trying to persuade local governing bodies to create a Neighbourhood Planning document that would define how the local community would like to see developments managed in their area. Chelmondiston PC did consider this but the cost at that time was thought to be too high (particularly due to the need for a local referendum and formal inspection), and instead it was decided to create a Village Development Framework (VDF - see link) document, which Babergh promised would be officially incorporated into the Planning documentation suite. In 2016 the VDF was completed, and 2017 was spent trying to get BDC to adopt the document, but this process has been delayed with no indication of when progress might be made. Given this lack of success the only option now available to give the community some control on developments in the Parish is to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Chelmondiston & Pin Mill as quickly as possible. The data gathered for the VDF will be used as the basis for this NDP.
The NDP is exected to be complete by end-2019 [dependent on BDC Local Plan availability.]
Crucial to the success of the process is overt public consultation. Meeting minutes and other documents will be posted here during the project to assist this.
The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Thursday, April 4th, 19:00 in St Andrews Church Hall
For further information please contact the Steering Group
The 'Informal Consultation' period on the Draft Plan will run from Monday, March 11th - Sunday March 31st 2019, although ideally we would like Community responses by 25th March. An explanatory leaflet will be delivered to all dwellings in Chelmomndiston / Pin Mill. Responses can be made on the questionnaire which can either be delivered in hard-copy to one of the 4 collection points (Hollingsworth, Orwell Stores, Post Office, or Hers & Sirs), or electronically to the Steering Group. Community input is an essential part of developing the Plan, so we urge everyone with an interest in the future of the village to contribute.