Following on from the last Gauntlet update, we wanted to let you know the progress made since your approval to proceed at the last public consultation event which is as follows:
- The South Downs National Park Authority has been engaged to produce a visual assessment of the potential development sites.
- All sites have now had a detailed assessment (including aspects such as flood, conservation and heritage) for suitability and this also includes all the SHLAAs and the new SHELAAs¹
- Whilst still work in progress the revised map shows the latest outcome as the most appropriate locations for sustainable growth of the Parish² (subject to conformance).
- The Design Guidance, NDP Policies and writeup are nearing their first workable draft which will be the basis of the next public consultation.
Remember, all of our meetings are open to the public with a dedicated public session Q & A session and are advertised on the Parish notice boards. You can also find further details and all the latest information on the KSPC website.
¹ SHELAA is the Strategic Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment replacing SHLAAs (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment) which also considers Brownfield sites and is due to be published by TVBC in February 2018.
² This is based on the very best information we have at the moment – SHELAAs and the South Downs reports are not yet officially available to us.
The King’s Somborne Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is a Parish Council-led project which will give us direct power to develop a shared vision for our community and to shape its development and growth. It will establish the general planning policies defining the location, size and shape of development and use of land in the community and will be reviewed on an annual basis and updated, as necessary.
The desire to have our own NDP stems from the potential large scale development coming to King’s Somborne and the probable issues this may bring to the community at large in terms of infrastructure impact as well as the design, positioning and size of the individual dwellings. The NDP will not prevent development altogether but as the name implies it will provide the ground rules to which any proposed development must adhere.
The Parish Questionnaire Results
Following the detailed Questionnaire sent out to all homes in the Parish, the results of this survey and our community consultations, the NDP is now taking shape and will be put to a referendum later in the year.
Full details of the survey and consultations are available elsewhere on the website.
Further consultations will be announced shortly.
Further in Formation on the NDP
The NDP is overseen by the Parish Council. However, the day-to-day operations are undertaken by the NDP Steering Group comprising some Parish Councillors and the Chairs or Vice-Chairs of each working group who are not Parish Councillors. The working groups comprises around 10 members of the community and specialise in building/housing need, Parish facilities and the environment/landscape of the Parish. Cllr Andrew Brock chairs the NDP Steering Group. The Steering Group is also assisted by planning staff at Test Valley Borough Council on an ad hoc basis.