IT'S FINALLY TIME TO CAST YOUR VOTE. COME AND HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF THE VILLAGE!
IT'S TAKEN 2 YEARS. 3 COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS. 3411 VOLUNTEER HOURS. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO ONE QUESTION…
You’ll be asked: Do you want Babergh District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Lawshall to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
HAVE YOUR SAY AT THE REFERENDUM ON:
THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2017
7am – 10pm
LAWSHALL VILLAGE HALL
v Copies of the final Neighbourhood Plan are available to view during open hours at The Swan, The Foundry and the Village Hall. It can also be seen here. If you know someone who does not have a convenient way of viewing the plan, please do get in touch.
v Polling cards will arrive by post and a postal vote can be arranged through the Babergh webpage below.
Babergh webpage for Lawshall’s NP, including key documents and a guide to requesting a postal vote, is: www.babergh.gov.uk/LawshallNDP
For more information contact Laura & Tom McClelland on 07940085394
The following is a brief statement from the Parish Council presenting some key facts about the Neighbourhood Plan...
For two years the Neighbourhood Plan Team have been working on behalf of the Parish Council to engage the village in the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Lawshall. It’s now over to you to decide whether the Plan should pass. With the referendum approaching, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of some key facts.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
- A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future of development in an area
- Neighbourhood Plans were introduced aspart of a governmental drive toward ‘Localism’, handing powers over from government to local areas
- A Neighbourhood Plan is developed by the community. Lawshall’s Plan is based on what the community have said through community consultation events, the village questionnaire, the housing needs survey and a number of other activities documented in the Plan.
What happens if the referundum goes in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan?
- Babergh District Council will pass the Neighbourhood Plan into planning law
- Future planning applications in Lawshall will be judged against the policies contained in the Plan until the year 2036
- Lawshall Parish Council will receive a larger cut of funds raised by any new builds in the village. Currently the PC gets 15% of funds from the ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’ to spend on local needs. With an NP this figure goes up to 25%.
What are the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan?
There are 16 policies in the Neighbourhood Plan. The contents page of the Plan tells you where each policy can be found. They include:
- Policies regarding where housing would and would not be permissible, how many houses are permissible within a site and what kind of houses are appropriate given Lawshall’s needs
- Policies regarding the protection of biodiversity, recreation spaces, green spaces, environmental assets and areas of local landscape sensitivity
- Policies regarding the sensitivity of any new houses to the existing character of Lawshall
- Policies regarding facilities, services and infrastructure in the village including a policy concerning flood risk management.
All documents relating to the plan on the left-hand side of this webpage, but for quick access to some key documents see the following:
Census Information for Lawshall - comparison of 2001 & 2011 Census statistics
Members of the team are asked, in line with our Terms of Reference, to complete a Declarations of Interest form. These forms can be found in the documents bar. For PC members, their PC declarations are duplicated. Signatures have been obscured for security but originals can be viewed on request.
Neighbourhood Plan First Tier Members: Cllr. Andy Irish; Cllr. Mrs L. Williams; Ric Edelman (Chair); Laura McClelland (Public Relations); Tom McClelland, Debbie Thomas (Funding); David Page (Treasurer); Jamie Whatley; Bryan Adams; Lucy Kent (Public Relations); John Kent (Vice Chair); Cathy Acheson; Emily-Rose Debenham; Karen Wilcox (Secretary), Claire Osborne.
Second Tier support: Anthony Brouder; Wendy Harris; Nigel Hughes; Martin Humphries; Ian Carrington; Elizabeth Clarke; Grenville Clarke; Teresa Walters; Clare De'Ath; Brian De'Ath; Simon Haffenden; Lucy Bell; Pamela Pope;