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Examiner Questions and Answers.

This is just an update on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan as it progresses through the Regulation 16 consultation and is now with the Examiner. The purpose of the independent examination is simply to check that the content of the Plan is compliant and reasonable in terms of legislation, regulation and satisfactory consultation.

So, the examiner has returned 14 questions on the Plan – some for Leeds City Council, some for Walton Parish Council.
I have attached the list of those questions and the formulated reply – either a Walton Parish Council or a Leeds City Council reply. We have worked closely with LCC and we both feel that the responses accurately reflect the Vision and Objectives that you want from the Plan and for the Community.

So, it is for your information at this point. When we have the final agreement on the Plan, I will be in touch again to update on arrangements for the full Parish Referendum on the Plan.

Brodie Clark.
03/05/18

WNP Examiners Questions – Joint Response

REGULATION 16, WALTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Dear Resident,

Thank you for exploring our website and for visiting this particular message about the progress of our Neighbourhood Plan.

We are now entering the final consultation and scrutiny period with the Plan. It has been a long process and we are really grateful that so many of you have maintained an interest – and have continued to feedback so constructively throughout the process.

This Regulation 16 consultation is conducted by Leeds City Council (LCC), though, clearly, we want to support them in every way possible. The consultation begins on 5th February and concludes on 19th March. During that time, you will see notices on lamp posts announcing the process and we will also pop something through letter boxes – inviting and advising on how to feed back to LCC and including an LCC Response Form.

You will be pleased to know that this will be the final piece of consultation and thereafter, the plan becomes the subject of an independent examination before it can qualify for the very final Parish referendum – a referendum for acceptance or rejection of the Plan. We estimate that the referendum will take place around late June/early July.

So, on this particular consultation process, LCC will consult various bodies and agencies and it also invites your comments, rightly, as an important piece of that consultation package.

We would encourage you to respond to the LCC process if you possibly can.

On this web site, you will find the Plan and the immediate Appendices to the Plan. You will additionally find an Evidence File which contains masses of further information which has represented an important backcloth to the Plan. We hope you find that file particularly interesting.

If you have any particular queries, please don’t hesitate to raise them through Walton Parish Council Clerk, secretary@walton-pc.gov.uk .

Leeds City Council will also be displaying the Plan and all related documents on their website http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Neighbourhood-planning.aspx and they will be pleased to receive your comments.

Enjoy the read and I hope you recognise the Vision, Principles and Policies as those that matter to the community of Walton. It is the community views that have informed, shaped and created this Plan.

Best wishes
Brodie Clark, Steering Group.
4th February 2018.

Walton Neighbourhood Development Plan
Walton Neighbourhood Development Plan Appendices

FEEDBACK TO THE RECENT CONSULTATION CARRIED OUT ON THE DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN FOR WALTON – OCTOBER 2017 UPDATE

Dear Resident,

Through this note I want to give some feedback to the recent consultation which we carried out on the draft Neighbourhood Plan for Walton.

Firstly, an enormous thanks to those of you who took the time to read the draft (summary or full copy) and who returned a completed questionnaire. That is exactly what we needed – as evidence that we had fully sought your views and that many of you felt able to provide a response. So, thank you.

A few facts, 61 questionnaires were returned, completed, of which 33 represented complete household views and 31 were from individuals. Most responses came from those who currently live in the village, with around 10 coming from a non-village postcode. The comments were really helpful and covered areas of agreement and disagreement with the draft plan; helpful suggestions on implementing the policies; new ideas to provide solutions going forward and a further strengthening of the views around some hardy chestnuts which need to be addressed – particularly traffic; more areas to walk; technology/communications and the proposed allocation of housing sites. Some really helpful contributions across the full spectrum – so, again, thank you.

And then the two open events at the village hall. In total 81 people came to view the exhibition and talk with the Steering Group. And again, some really great discussions and very helpful thinking. The response was much appreciated as were the conversations.

So, we will shortly be putting the complete set of results from the questionnaire onto the Parish Council website. We will also be making public all the other representations that we received – so, the feedback from Leeds City Council, from Rockspring, property development, from Historic England and other parties who chose to respond – it will all go on the website, along with our responses. This should be available within the next month.

In the meantime, we have provided a quick question and answer section onto the site – to give an immediate response to the specific questions you raised through the questionnaires. I hope that provides some clarification for those of you who raised particular questions.

So, next steps. We will amend the draft in line with responses to the consultation. We will add a couple of important documents to it – one, describing and evidencing our consultation efforts and the other titled a basic condition survey. When this is all completed we will formally submit the full Plan to Leeds City Council who will progress a further external 6-week consultation process and an independent technical examination of the Plan. Subject to the outcome of that, the way begins to become clear for the final Parish referendum on acceptance of the Plan. We would hope and intend to submit the Plan to LCC by the end of December.

Brodie Clark.  31/10/17

 

QUESTION AND ANSWER FROM THE RECENT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE –  OCTOBER 2017

We received many pieces of feedback from the recent Parish questionnaire. The purpose of this Q & A is to respond to particular factual questions that were raised in the questionnaire responses and so the answers are provided as matters of factual information only. The note does not attempt to respond to all of the broader personal observations or opinions that people have provided – though, be assured that every comment is being considered in the course of this current review of the Plan.

  • Green spaces, who will be responsible for maintenance?

On the sites identified in the Plan, it will be the responsibility of the landowner to maintain the site – directly or in partnership with others. This has been agreed with each of the respective landowners for the proposed Local Green Spaces in the Neighbourhood Plan.

  • How will local people gain access to LGS3?

There are no plans to create a public access arrangement to LGS3. The designation of a Local Green Space through a Neighbourhood Plan does not in itself grant public access.

  • Can the cricket pitch be part of this (LGS policy) including the pond near Springs Lane?

The cricket club and associated land is privately owned and any decision to designate as green space rightly rests with the landowner.

  • Any possibility of a green space at Smiddy Hill end of the village?

We were unable to identify any suitable land for green space designation. The criteria for assessing and subsequently designating Local Green Spaces are

-The green space must be in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves;

-The green space is demonstrably special to the local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value, tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and

-The green space is local in character and not an extensive tract of land.

  • Not quite sure what a design code is? (ROFF design code)

It is a document that lays out clear and agreed guidelines for the future development and layout of the estate. In this case particularly, street layout, building design and open green areas.

  • Anything left Champagne Whin site on Springs Lane former munitions site to be retained?

We believe that nothing in that area could qualify as a local heritage asset.

  • Can the cricket club be included (Community Facilities)?

The cricket club is on privately owned land and as such cannot be designated as a Community Facility.

  • Provision of a community shop at the pub?

One of the key community actions is to consider the viability of a local shop. I feel sure the matter will be raised at some stage with the pub, though clearly it will be a matter for them to consider.

  • Would this lead (allocation of the coal site for new housing development) to building to the left of the coal yard?

It doesn’t follow that further housing would be allowed. The allocation of the coal yard site for housing is in part due to the brownfield nature of the site. General planning principles favour the use of brownfield land first, hence why this site is considered suitable for new development. Policy HG4 in the Neighbourhood Plan seeks to preserve the medieval nature of tofts and crofts in Walton, which would apply to the left of the coal yard. Allocating sites through a neighbourhood plan means that development in the parish will be “plan-led”, and reduces the risk of speculative development coming forward.

There were many other helpful points raised through the questionnaire and so, thank you for those. They will be considered in respect of the final version of the Plan or fed directly into the Key Community Actions agenda.

Brodie Clark. 31/10/17

 

CURRENT SITUATION (Aug 2017) – WALTON ENTERS PRE-SUBMISSION CONSULTATION

Walton is now triggering the formal Regulation 14 ‘pre-submission’ consultation procedure. It is a statutory and essential process which ensures a formal consultation of those who have an interest in the proposed developments within the draft Plan. It will last for 6 weeks (19th August till 6th October) and it will incorporate,

  • An ‘every household’ letter drop within the Parish – incorporating a copy of a summary of the Plan and a questionnaire – seeking views on the proposed policies within the draft Plan.
  • Communications with a range of national and local organisations and agencies who are likely to have an interest in the Plan.
  • An availability to see the full Plan and appendices at key venues – including the Fox and Hounds Pub, Wetherby and Boston Spa Library’s.
  • On a loan basis from Brodie Clark, 4 Farm Close or Richard Prudhoe, Holly Cottage, Main St – both Walton.

….and most easily available, the full draft Plan, appendices, historical information about the development of the Plan and lots more – on this website!

Please have a look at the full draft Plan. Your views matter greatly, so does feed back to us through one of the questionnaires or on the survey which is linked to this site.

We will also be holding two (Walton) village hall open events – Saturday 2nd September (2.00pm – 5.00pm) and Saturday 30th September (10.00am – 5.00pm). Please join us at either of those events – a cup of tea, loads of information about the draft Plan and an opportunity to express views and alternatives.

So, the Neighbourhood Plan does matter to the future of Walton – please join in the consultation and let your voice count.

Best wishes, Brodie Clark.
15/08/17

Please click on the link for the online survey. Paper copies of this have already been distributed around the Parish, however should you wish to complete the survey online instead of the paper copy or if other family members wish to register their views separately, please feel welcome to use the attached online version.
Thank you.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 29 : JAN 2018
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 28 : NOV 2017
PROGRESS REPORT 6 : NOV 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 27 : OCT 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 26 : OCT 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 25 : AUG 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 24 : JUL 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 23 : JUL 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 22 : JUN 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 21 : MAY 2017
PROGRESS REPORT 5 : APR 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 20 : APR 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 19 : MAR 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 18 : MAR 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 17 : FEB 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 16 : JAN 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 15 : JAN 2017
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 14 : DEC 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 13 : NOV 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 12 : OCT 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 11 : SEP 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 10 : SEP 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 9 : JUL 2016
PROGRESS REPORT 4 : JUN 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 8 : JUN 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 7 : MAY 2016
PROGRESS REPORT 3 : APR 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 5 : MAR 2016
PROGRESS REPORT 2 : MAR 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 4 : FEB 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 3 : FEB 2016
PROGRESS REPORT 1 : JAN 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 2 : JAN 2016
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 1 : NOV 2015
VILLAGE MEETING : NOV 2015
VILLAGE MEETING : OCT 2015