Reference Documents

Reference documents:

  • Scoping Research –provides an array of factual material on topics such as education, employment, services, amenities and ecology, etc.
  • Housing Needs Survey – outlines the type and volume of additional housing needed locally.
  • Landscape Gap Survey – required to help ensure Southwick retains its village identity.
  • Site Selection Report – based on Wiltshire Council’s Strategic Housing and Economic Land Assessment process.

 

 

Neighbourhood Plan

What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/neighbourhood-planning--2


 
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Southwick Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee Meeting

14th June, 2018 – Minutes and Actions.

Venue: 13 Blind Lane. 7.30pm

Present: Barbara Johnson (Host), Joan Jones, Tim Edwards, Janice Heatherwick. Jan Player. Phil Harcourt.

Apologies: John Eaton, (Chair), Alison Jackson.

1. Doorstep Consultation exercise. During the week before the Consultation meetings, Steering Group members chose areas they wished to revisit as part of the Doorstep Consultation Exercise. All homes were visited and the majority of villagers were happy to engage. Topics included, traffic, HGVs and aggregate Vehicles, the need for a by-pass, no large Greenfield developments, wishing to stay a village separate from Trowbridge and many others. All were given NDP details, further questionnaires if necessary and other relevant topical information. Only a few residents were uninterested and declined to speak to us. Leaflets etc. were left where residents were out. Posters were left at bus stops, on notice boards, in the Pub and Village shop etc. and Neighbourhood Plan documents and questionnaires at sites around the village. Ben Sansom agreed to add details to the Southwick Residents Association Website Face book page.

2. Community Consultation Meetings Members decided who should attend each of the meetings on 15th, 16th and 17th June at the Baptist Chapel.  Packs were to be made up for villagers to view on each table consisting of  NDP documents, Site Survey maps, SHLAA maps, Wiltshire Council NDP Activity Maps E.A. Flood maps,  information regarding the proposed Western Wiltshire By-pass, Trowbridge’s NDP and other points of interest.

Several members of the group agreed to attend two or more of the meetings.

3. David King’s email of 13th June.  Phil felt we should discuss David’s email, particularly future visits we were asked to consider.  It was decided that John would prefer to decide our approach to these upon his return from holiday.

The meeting closed at 9.00pm

Date of next meeting:  to be Confirmed

The meeting closed at 9.00pm

Date of next meeting: To be confirmed.

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Southwick Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee Meeting

22nd May 2018 - Minutes and Actions.

Venue: 13 Blind Lane. 7:30pm

Present: Barbara Johnson (Host), Alison Jackson, Joan Jones, Jan Player, Tim Edwards, Phil Harcourt, Janice Heatherwick.  John Eaton (Chair).

Apologies:  None received.

  1. Minutes from previous meeting: Agreed and signed off.
  2. Outcomes of Pre-Consultation Show & Tell: Overall consensus was that the level of turnout at this public event was disappointing. Future responses by the community will need to be much improved.
  3. Progress with Questionnaire printing.  John suggested that Steering demonstrate enough paper Questionnaires have been made available for the entire electorate of Southwick. All agreed to have 1500 Questionnaire booklets printed by Thumbnail Media at the bargain cost of 50p each.
  4. Consultation Engagement Process: All reviewed the proposed timeline drafted by the Chair. The Steering Group resolved the following:

Friday 25th to Monday 28th May – Distribute paper Questionnaire to all households in Southwick. John confirmed that a good-sized team (around 15 number in total) of volunteers was emerging from members of SRA to help with delivering Questionnaires.

All discussed the merits of a follow up ‘door knocking’ engagement exercise to ensure that we get as many Questionnaires completed as we possible can. All thought that it was a good idea but more discussion/planning required by Steering on this.

John also confirmed that articles had been submitted to Wiltshire Times (both paper & web based) and to Village News that fully outline the Consultation Engagement process.

Friday 1st June- Consultation Engagement begins.

Friday 15th- Sunday 17th June- Host Consultation Events at the Baptist Chapel

John confirmed that the Baptist Hall had been booked and that Jacky would let Joan have a set of keys in readiness of the Consultation Events.

Friday 22nd June- Three-week consultation Engagement ends.

Meeting closed 9:15pm

Date of Next Meeting: To be confirmed

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Southwick Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee Meeting

8th May 2018 - Minutes and Actions.

Venue: 13 Blind Lane. 7:30pm

Present: Barbara Johnson (Host), Alison Jackson, Joan Jones, Jan Player, John Eaton (Chair).

Apologies: Tim Edwards, Phil Harcourt, Janice Heatherwick.

  1. Minutes from previous meeting: Agreed and signed off.
  2. Progress with flyer distribution.  Joan confirmed that all 900+ leaflets had now been distributed
  3. Consultation Engagement Process: All reviewed the proposed timeline drafted by the Chair. The Steering Group resolved the following:

W/c 7th May - finalise Questionnaire and submit to Thumbnail Media for printing a small number of copies for use at the pre-consultancy ‘Show & Tell’ event on 14th May. Also request a small supply of all key documents produced so far to be printed and ready for Monday’s meeting.

Monday 14th May- Host Pre-consultation Show & Tell event at the Baptist Chapel.

Friday 18th- Sunday 27th May – Distribute paper Questionnaire to all households in Southwick.

Friday 1st June- Consultation Engagement begins.

Friday 15th- Sunday 17th June- Host Consultation Events at the Baptist Chapel

Friday 22nd June- Three-week consultation Engagement ends.

Actions: John to confirm hall booking with Jackie Newman, prepare articles for Wiltshire Times, Village News and village websites. Submit Questionnaire and other documents to Thumbnail Media for printing.

  1. Letters to SHEELA site owners – based on David King’s emails, it seems that this is just a courtesy on behalf of Steering. Action: John to clarify with DK.
  2. Parish Council Recruitment – The Chair advised that the Parish Council is now down to 7 Members and desperately needs some ‘new blood’. All ask to consider potential councilor candidates.

Meeting closed 9:30pm

Date of Next Meeting: Tuesday 22nd May at 13 Blind Lane.

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Southwick Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee Meeting

24 April 2018 - Minutes and Actions.

Venue: 13 Blind Lane. 7:30pm

Present: Barbara Johnson (Host), Alison Jackson, Joan Jones, Tim Edwards, Jan Player, Janice Heatherwick, John Eaton (Chair).

Apologies: Peter White, Phil Harcourt,

1) Minutes from previous meeting: Agreed and signed off.

2) Consultation Engagement Process:

Provisional date for pre-consultation public meeting 12/13 May, depending on Baptist Church Hall availability. Action: John to confirm Hall booking with Jackie Newman.

We need to design, print and then deliver an A5 leaflet over the BH weekend and week commencing 7/5 to advertise the event. Action: John/Tim to design leaflet and supply to Thumbnail Media.

We then anticipate that our 6-week consultation will start  around 14/5

Consultation end date around 24/6

Articles to go into Southwick Village News for 1st June edition. Same message to Wiltshire Times and on SPC/SRA websites, all advertising that Consultation Engagement is happening.

Questionnaires to be amended with new dates and distributed. Delivery date tbc.

3) Display Equipment: We need to gain access to display board equipment to support our Consultation and Pre-Consultation Events.

Action: Joan to contact Wiltshire Council - Ongoing

4) Site Landowners: We will need to write to all the landowners for the sites in the SSR. Initially we will need to write to each.

Action: Tim to create template letter.

Meeting closed 9:30pm

Date of Next Meeting: Tuesday 8th May at 13 Blind Lane.

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SOUTHWICK’S NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

THREE -WEEK CONSULTATION PERIOD

MAKE SURE TO HAVE YOUR SAY

Southwick’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is really beginning to take shape.  So far the Steering Group have delivered the following:

  • Scoping Research –provides an array of factual material on topics such as education, employment, services, amenities and ecology, etc.
  • Housing Needs Survey – outlines the type and volume of additional housing needed locally.
  • Landscape Gap Survey – required to help ensure Southwick retains its village identity.
  • Site Selection Reports –based on Wiltshire Council’s Strategic Housing and Economic Land Assessment process.

It is important to stress that no decisions have yet been made on sites being put forward for possible housing development.

Given Southwick’s village status within the Wiltshire Core Strategy, it is unlikely that very large sites will be acceptable. However, it is possible for interested parties to put forward alternative sites of appropriate scale for inclusion into the plan, providing they can provide an accurate site map and written proof of availability.  Email: southwickvillage@gmail.com or contact 07818870098.

All of the documents can be viewed online at: http://www.southwickwilts.co.uk/southwick-village-neighbourhood-plan.php Hard copy documents can be viewed at Southwick Baptist Chapel and Southwick Village Hall.

It is now time to invite the community to comment and become involved by making their own suggestions..  

The Steering Group has prepared a simple Questionnaire for you to complete which will be distributed in hard copy from Friday 18th May.

The Questionnaire will also be available online at:  (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/D2GTTQZ).

The Questionnaire gives you the chance to say what you like about Southwick and what you would like to change or improve.   

The Steering group welcomes all comments on the Vision Statement and Objectives.

From the 1st June, there will be a three-week Consultation Period, which will include a series of Public Consultation Events.

Consultation Events will be taking place at Southwick Baptist Chapel, Wynsome Street, on:

Friday 15th June 18:30 – 20:30,

Saturday 16th June 14:00 – 16:00 and

Sunday 17th June 16:30 – 18:30.

The three-week Consultation Period ends Friday 22nd June 2018.  There will be other consultation events during the process, but it is important that you give us your views as early as possible.

Kind regards,

Southwick NDP Steering Group.

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Wiltshire Council                                                Southwick Parish Council

Southwick Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

MONDAY 14TH May, 7:00pm.

           BAPTIST CHAPEL, WYNSOME STREET.

Now is your chance to shape the future of Southwick by getting involved our Neighbourhood Development Plan. Please come along to this meeting to find out more.

The aim of this meeting is to provide a ‘Show & Tell’ of the progress the Steering Group has made so far and to ‘Kick Off’ formal Consultation Engagement across the Community. We will also be sharing details of future events to support the Neighbourhood Plan.

Subjects for consideration in our Neighbourhood Plan can include: Housing, Transport, Employment, Wellbeing, Recreation, Parking, Street Lighting, Wildlife Protection, Facilities, etc. 

Ultimately, the content of our Neighbourhood Plan is up to you. 

Everyone welcome at this event and we look forward to seeing you.

Refreshments provided by members of Southwick Residents Association.

Signed,

John Eaton

Chair, Neigbourhood Development Plan Steering Group.

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Southwick Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee Meeting

10 April 2018 - Minutes and Actions.

Venue: 13 Blind Lane. 7:30pm

Present: Barbara Johnson (Host), Phil Harcourt, Alison Jackson, Joan Jones, Tim Edwards, Jan Player, John Eaton (Chair).

Apologies: Peter White, Janice Heatherwick.

1) Minutes from previous meeting: Agreed and signed off.

2) Consultation Engagement Process:

All Steering Group members present extremely disappointed by the delay inflicted due to outcomes from the March SPC meeting.

Overwhelming risk is that we have now missed the ideal window to start Consultation Engagement. The process will now likely bump into the August annual holiday season.

 The Steering Group resolved to:

  • Arrange Pre-Consultancy meetings, probably later this

Month/early next.

  • Place an notice of forthcoming Consolation Events in the next

Edition of the Village Newsletter

  • Circulate the Questionnaire to every household in the Parish.
  • Hold Consultation Events, not less than 2 weeks after the

Completed Questionnaire’s have been received back. 

Action:  John to engage the new SPC Clerk and request an agenda item at the next SPC meeting. The Steering Group need the Parish Council’s acceptance that the Steering Group will commence Consultation Engagement in April.

Also required on the agenda is the need to draw a cheque payable to Groundwork’s as per email communications to the SPC Chair

3) Display Equipment: We need to gain access to display board equipment to support our Consultation and Pre-Consultation Events.

Action: Joan to contact Wiltshire Council.

4) Site Landowners: We will need to formally engage all the landowners for the sites in the SSR. Initially we will need to write to each.

Action: Joan to contact Wiltshire Council

5) Site of Air Quality Monitor – some sterling work between Barbara Johnson and Horace Prickett has resulted in a Nitrogen Dioxide monitor being located near the roundabout in Wynsome Street.

Meeting closed 10:00pm

Date of Next Meeting: Tuesday 24th April at 13 Blind Lane.

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Southwick Neighbourhood Development Plan – Steering Group Meeting 26/03/18

Venue: 13 Blind Lane

Time: 19:30

Apologies: Joan Jones, Peter White.

Attendees: Barbara Johnson (Host), Alison Jackson, Janet Player, Phil Harcourt, Tim Edwards, Janice Heatherwick, John Eaton (Chair).

Meeting Minutes:

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

Welcome:

The Chair opened the meeting, thanking everyone for attending at short notice. The Chair also welcomed a new member to the Group – Janice Heatherwick

Southwick Parish Council:

Concerns raised that some Members of SPC do not understand the concept and purpose of Steering. Serious concerns raised about the delay caused by one Member of SPC, to delivering the Questionnaire and to the start of the Consultation process. All agreed that timeline delays and additional costs to the project are now unavoidable.

Southwick Bypass:

The Chair advised that he had met with Horace Prickett to discuss possible solutions and one proposal in particular had significant merit and could be supported by the NDP. Action: Phil to source a suitable contact in Somerset.

Lack of Dog Waste Bins

This is becoming a health hazard. Tim has written to the Chair of SPC to raise it as an issue on the next SPC meeting agenda. Could well become an aim of the NDP to increase the number of bins in the village.

Local Surface Water Flooding:

Reports provided of serious surface water events throughout the village.

Poplar Lane Traveller Site,

Phil gave an update of the latest position and activities relating to this site. Overall the situation is clearly unacceptable but WC appear to be taking no obvious action to resolve.

Standing Arrangements for Steering Group meetings:

Steering Group meetings have so far been called as and when needed. This is fine to a degree, but all thought that it would be more beneficial an ease diary planning if meetings were held on a regular anniversary. Phil formally proposed that we meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. After due consideration and discussion, all agreed to move forward with the proposal.

Community Right to Bid:

Alison raised the subject and provided current documentation for the Chair to review.

Meeting closed 21:45

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Southwick Neighbourhood Development Plan - Steering Group Minutes 13/03/18

Attendees: Barbara Johnson (Host), Philip Harcourt, Tim Edwards, Alison Jackson, Joan Jones, John Eaton, (Chair).

Apologies: Janet Player, Peter White.

1) Minutes from previous meeting taken as read and approved.

2) New Members

The Chair opened the meeting and welcomed Philip Harcourt from the Southwick Community as a new member of the Steering Group.

3) Consultation Meetings

The Chair confirmed that the Baptist Chapel had been booked for Site Selection Consultation meetings on Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th March.

The Chair also distributed draft Questionnaire and Cover Statement in the form of a booklet and invited comments.

As a result, a small number of amendments will be needed to the Cover Statement before 1000 copies are printed.

Action: Joan Jones to feed details of amendments back to Thumbnail Media and then printing to commence.

Joan Jones passed to the Chair a list of addresses used for distribution of the Housing Needs Survey.  All agreed that Steering should take the same approach with delivery of the Questionnaire.

The Chair then started the process of Allocation. The end of the meeting had allocated all addresses in principle.

Action: John to contact Peter White with regards to deliveries in Chantry Gardens.

Action: John to distribute detailed list of allocated addresses to all members and volunteers.

All agreed to meet at Joan Jones house from 8:00am on Saturday morning to collect Questionnaires ready for delivery.

4) Parish Council

Concerns raised once more regarding the poor level of support and acceptance of the Neighbourhood Plan by some Members of SPC. General consensus was this situation is just making the process of delivering the Neighbourhood Plan far more difficult than it should be.

Meeting closed 10:15pm.

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Southwick Neighbourhood Development Plan - Steering Group Minutes 4th March 2018

In attendance:

Barbara Johnson (host), John Eaton (Chair), Alison Jackson, Joan Jones, Janet Player.

Apologies: Tim Edwards, Peter White.

Welcome: The Chair opened the meeting at 11:00am and welcomed everyone in attendance.

Minutes from Previous meeting: Agreed and signed off.

Progress with Site Surveys and Scoping Research reports - Steering Group validation.  This was currently going to plan and the Chair reminded everyone present that the deadline for validation is 8th March to get comments back to David King. The Chair also relayed David King’s comments regarding the very high quality of work produced by the Steering Group members.

6b Frome Road- this has potential for c25 new builds and basically ticks all the boxes in terms of inclusion in the Plan, with the exception of available access. However there is a potential answer to the access question.

Action: JE to engage with Wiltshire Council and the Allotments Association to explore possible shared access.

Progress against Plan: The Chair shared with the group that in terms of overall progress, the NDP was currently around 37% complete and that we were making good, solid progress.

Community Engagement:

Now that the group has something tangible to show for their efforts, we can start full blown Community Engagement.

The Chair advised that Ben Sansom was busy preparing a Questionnaire in both electronic and paper formats. Hall bookings for the months of March through to April were also in train, subject to checking SPC Public Liability Insurance.

Southwick Parish Council:

Concerns expressed once again with regards to certain Members attitude to the Steering Group and level of support being given to the Neighbourhood Plan.

Meeting concluded at 13:45pm

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Southwick Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee Meeting

28 November 2017 - Minutes and Actions.

Venue: 13 Blind Lane. 7:30pm.

Present: Cllr Joan Jones, Alison Jackson, Jan Player, Barbara Johnson, Cllr Len Weeks, Cllr John Eaton (chair).

1) Thanks:

John thanked Barbara and Bill for hosting the meeting.

2) Minutes from Previous Meeting: Agreed and signed off.

3) Topics Discussed:

Members were saddened to hear from Sonia that she no longer felt able to continue as a member of the Steering Committee due to the pressure of numerous other commitments. 

4) Scoping Research and maps.

Scoping Research to be completed as soon as possible and forwarded to David King By 21st December 2017.  Joan to follow up maps from Wiltshire Council.

5) Redrow Appeal.

The Redrow Appeal seemed based on their insistence that Wiltshire Council do not have a feasible Five Year Plan.  The Five Year Plan was discussed and it was decided by Steering that a plan was in place.  Most agreed that of the three developments facing us the Southwick Court proposal, although there are negatives, was the best option in terms of location near to Trowbridge, services, schools, shops, Healthcare facilities etc.

6) Housing Needs Surveys.

It was confirmed that all Housing Needs Surveys had been delivered and surgeries had been advertised at Baptist Chapel each Saturday morning. We are now reliant on Wiltshire Council processing the completed surveys in a timely manner to ensure the report is delivered on time.  Joan to speak to Sonia Burgess to ask when she expects to finish the analysis of the Housing Needs Surveys – hopefully by mid January.

7) Landscape Report.

This is an exercise by John and David to ensure a GREEN BUFFER zone to protect an area of land between Trowbridge and any development at Southwick Court. This buffer would also extend to include North Bradley.

8) Neighbourhood Plan Webpages.

These are to be found on the Parish Council and SRA Websites. Article to be published regarding the Benefits of the plan BY 21 DECEMBER

9) Site Selection Report.

David King is to begin the Site Selection Reports as soon as possible. David is to create site survey forms for all 8 SHELAA sites.  After a training Skype meeting with David King, Steering group to carry out site survey using his forms.  Completed forms back to David BY END JANUARY 2018

10) Community Engagement Questionnaire.

 Questionnaires need to be delivered to villagers to ask for their views.  Some major logistical organisation required.

Housing needs report to David by end Jan if Wiltshire Council has it ready by then.

11) Development Site Suggestions.

Steering Group members to investigate all possible building sites – empty houses, brownfield sites, scrubland etc.

12) New Steering Group members who have small businesses.

All to seek new Scoping group members who have small businesses, Group suggestions – Keith Snell and family members, Electrician and SRA member living in Blind Lane, Nigel Pearce, Derek Corbyn, Builder and others. Members to ask other individuals who may be interest in joining the Steering Group.

13) Heavy Freight Traffic.

Group discussed the possibility of further aggregate lorries passing through Southwick if the proposed Tarmac development in Westbury goes ahead.

14) CPRE to hold meeting at Baptist Hall on Monday 4th Dec. At 5-8pm.

15) Meeting closed at 10. 15pm.

16) Date and time of next meeting to be decided.

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Steering Committee Meeting 6th Nov 2017 - Minutes & Actions

Venue: 13 Blind Lane, Southwick. 7:30pm

In attendance: Barbara Johnson (host) Alison Jackson, Janet Player, Joan Jones, Sonia Sansom, Len Weeks, John Eaton (Chair).

Apologies: Peter White.

Welcome and apologies.

Minutes of previous meeting – taken as read and approved.

Topics discussed:

  1. Scoping Research. The Chair reiterated that the Wiltshire Council Link Officer is available to assist with fact finding, providing we supply him with a single wish list.
  2. : All to provide the Chair with details of problem areas within each category.
  1. Housing Needs Survey: Lots of discussion on this part of the agenda resulted in a shortlist of 17 volunteers available to distribute the Survey documents throughout the parish. General approach will be: Joan to re-box the Survey forms and envelopes aligned to the distribution list supplied by WC. Each box of Survey forms to have a control sheet (extract from the master list). Volunteers to buddy up into small groups and collect boxes of survey forms from Joan.

Actions:

  • Chair to contact WC and request additional leaflets and extend completion date from 11th Dec. Complete
  • Chair to contact Wiltshire Times. Complete.
  • Chair to produce poster for village notice boards, SRA website, SPC website, SOS website and SOS notice boards.
  • Chair to send list of addresses supplied by WC to Barbara. Complete
  • Joan to speak with Kath Noble with regard to notices going onto SPC notice boards.
  • Joan to speak with shop owner(s) to place notices in shops.
  1. Wiltshire Council’s Housing Site Allocation Plan: The Chair relayed the message from our professional consultant that alignment of the HSAP and the NDP is desirable, if not essential. In this respect, we should avoid objecting to WC Strategic Plan, which currently includes Southwick Court.
  1. AOB – None raised

Date of Next Meeting: Monday 20th Nov. Venue tbc

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Southwick Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee Meeting

16 October 2017 - Minutes and Actions.

Venue: 13 Blind Lane. 7:30pm

Present: Barbara Johnson (Host), Sonia Sansom, Alison Jackson, Joan Jones, Peter White, John Eaton (Chair).

Apologies: Len Weeks, Jan Player.

1) Minutes from previous meeting: Agreed and signed off.

2) Scoping Research - Source Data: All members reported issues with obtaining access to reliable source data. John reported that Pete had recently provided some useful links and would share these. John also stated that he had reached out to various groups including ONS and WC to obtain information and that these enquiries were ongoing. Other points of reference suggested during the meeting were Kew Gardens - National Archive and history.wilthire.gov.uk

Actions: 

  • John to share links supplied by Pete (Completed).
  • John to engage David and other NP groups with a view to obtaining access to source information.
  • John to forward contact details for soil surveys to Alison.

http://wiltshirejsa.org.uk/community-area/trowbridge/

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160202161640/https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/census/2011/key_statistics

http://wshc.eu/

http://wsbrc.org.uk/

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planninganddevelopment/planningpolicy.htm

3) Link Officer: Appears to still be absent/unattainable. Action:  John to send note to Goergina Clampit – Dix (Done).

4) Housing Needs Survey:

Overall anticipated workload should be much reduced now WC has confirmed that reply paid envelops will be provided and that collection of the forms will not be necessary by Steering.

The question still remains though, as to whether or not to deliver the General Questionnaire at the same time or sequential to the Housing Needs Survey. More thought required on this and on overall co-ordintaion.

Actions:

  • All to provide input/ideas.
  • John to ask John Fox Williams to publish a reminder notice in Dec edition Southwick Village News. (Done).

5) Questionnaire:

It was acknowledged that Pete was probably best qualified to take ownership of the Questionnaire going forward.

Actions:

  • John to distribute draft Questionnaire document to all members.
  • John to also supply examples of completed Questionnaires used by other NP’s to Pete
  • Pete to arrange meeting with Ben & John to discuss data

repository post Half Term hols. 

6) Wiltshire Times - John confirmed that WT were aware of Southwick’s NP and had agreed to provide coverage and exposure.

Date of Next Meeting: Tuesday 7th Nov at Sonia’s, 19 Blind Lane (provisional arrangement).

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Southwick Neighbourhood Plan - Steering Committee Meeting 10th Oct. Minutes & Actions.

Venue: 19 Blind Lane. 7:30pm

Present:  Sonia Sansom, Alison Jackson, Jan Player, Barbara Johnson, Cllr Len Weeks, Cllr John Eaton (Chair).

Apologies: Cllr Joan Jones, Peter White.

1) Thanks: 

John thanked Sonia for hosting the meeting.

2) Steering Committee Membership:

John asked all those present if they were happy to be members of the Steering Committee. All members affirmed and we now currently have a Steering Committee comprising 3 Parish Council Members and four members from the broader community. This number may increase as we progress with some of the major tasks during the coming months.

3) Scoping Research:

The thirteen categories of Scoping Research provided by David King were located as follows:

  • Biodiversity - Barbara Johnson
  • Land and soil resources - Alison Jackson
  • Water resource and flood risk - Barbara Johnson
  • Air quality and environmental - Joan Jones
  • Climate change*
  • Historic environment - Jan Player
  • Landscapes*
  • Population and housing - Sonia Sansom
  • Community wellbeing and health - Sonia Sansom
  • Education - Len Weeks
  • Service Centre provision*
  • Transport - Alison Jackson
  • Economy and enterprise- John Eaton

John stated that we are effectively ‘time-boxed' to get the Scoping Research completed and asked everyone to have there respective reports completed before Christmas if possible. Emphasis on 'working smart'.

Actions:

  • John to contact David King with regards to all items denoted *, with a view of David covering these categories.
  • John to distribute to all members, templates provided by David King

4) Housing Needs Survey:

John produced a draft copy of the Survey document that Wiltshire Council will be providing at the end Oct. All agreed that the survey is likely to require a hands on approach and will entail considerable work on the part of steering Committee members. All agreed that it is likely that more volunteers will be required.

Actions:

  • John to speak with Wiltshire Council with regard to the best strategy to distribute and complete the survey documentation.
  • John to add request for helper on agenda of next Residents Association meeting (23rd Oct).

5) Meeting closed 9:30pm

6) Date of next meeting:  Monday 16th Oct at 13 Blind Lane, 7:30pm.

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Progress Update on Southwick’s Neighbourhood Development Plan. 

Southwick’s Neighbourhood Development Plan is really beginning to take shape,After five months of very hard work, our plan is roughly a third of the way complete.In this respect, the Steering Group have delivered the following important stages of the plan:

  • Scoping Research - which provides an array of factual material on topics such

    as education, employment, services, amenities and ecology.

  • Housing Needs Survey - this shows the type and number of additional

    housing needed locally. 

  • Landscape Gap Surveys - required to help ensure Southwick retains its

    village identity.

  • Site Survey Reports - although nothing has been decided yet, these reports

    will possibly help form the basis of sites being considered for future housing

    development in the village.

This level of progress so far on the plan has been considerably better than average. But we want to keep the momentum going and deliver the entire plan as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Now that the Steering Group have all the facts and figures needed to move forward, our next challenge is to commence a three week Consultation Period, followed by a series of public Consultation Events. We intend to begin this process from Monday 26th March.

As part of this process, you will be receiving a simple Questionnaire to complete. This will give you the opportunity to express exactly what you like about Southwick and the things that you would like to change. The Questionnaire is easy to complete and will be available in paper and electronic formats.

Please remember that the Neighbourhood Development Plan is not all about housing, although that is obviously an important element of the plan. The Neighbourhood Plan can also encompass issues such as traffic volumes, lack of medical facilities, cycle pathways and much, much more. 

So, please keep an eye out for the Questionnaire. It really is your chance to have your say.

Many thanks for reading.

John Eaton, Chair Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

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Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Committee - New Members Wanted

We have made some really good progress with the Neighbourhood Plan during recent months and we will soon be undertaking full Community Engagement. 
Initially this will be in the form of a detailed Questionnaire, which will ask you for your thoughts as to what you like about Southwick, what you don’t like and what you would like to change. 
The Questionnaire will be made available both in paper and electronic formats and will be with you very soon.

Now is also the time for more members of the community to join the NDP Steering Committee. 
We are looking to further develop the group so that it is representative of all sections of our community, either by age group, location, etc. 
In this respect, we are particularly interested to hear from members of the local business community.

If being part of an exciting development opportunity appeals and you want to be part of a group intent on delivering a great plan for Southwick, please do get in contact with me in the first instance (john.eatonpdq@gmail.com).
 

Neighbourhood Development Plan - Vision

By 2026 Southwick will have retained its landscape setting, including physical separation from Trowbridge and its own rural character. The Parish will be cleaner and, where possible, provide a quality habitats for nature and help conserve local wildlife.

Development will have been controlled to provide necessary housing appropriate in type and scale to its location in a large village as set out in the Wiltshire Core Strategy. The design of new development will be of a good quality and feature renewable energy and climate change adaption technologies.

Local facilities will have been improved, including shops, recreational opportunities and open space. There will be a better maintained transport network including foot and cycle paths, speeding vehicles will have been reduced and pedestrian safety improved.

The Parish will have secured benefits from the right type and scale of development, in terms of the provision of better infrastructure and urban enhancement to match the wishes of the community.


Neighbourhood Development Plan - Objectives

1) To create a sustainable Southwick; one where development is balanced by improvements in facilities and infrastructure.

2) To protect the local environment, especially the rural landscape, historic buildings and wildlife habitats.

3) To preserve and enhance a separate village identity from Trowbridge and improve transport linkages.

4) To enhance recreational and leisure facilities of the village for all age groups.

5) To provide the housing that the community wants and needs, at a scale no larger than is appropriate for a large village, in developments of small to moderate size in the locations it approves, in particular to meet the needs of first time buyers and growing families.

6) To improve the village environment and public realm by appropriate enhancements to landscaping and existing urban features, including street furniture, provision of new green open spaces and enhancement of existing ones, including new tree planting.

7) To tackle transport problems, including parking, public transport and the necessary improvements to footpaths and pavements. To ensure that new developments improve transport sustainability rather than make it worse.

8) To ensure that new development does not add to existing flooding problems and where possible, it improves the current situation for existing as well as new buildings.

9) To ensure good, locally relevant and distinctive design in all new development.

Posted on 16 Jan 2018 by geoff edwards
 
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SOUTHWICK NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Housing Needs Survey

As the next stage of pulling together Southwick’s Neighbourhood Plan, with the support of Wiltshire Council, the Steering Committee are promoting a Housing Needs Survey.

Starting from Monday 13th November, Survey forms and reply paid envelopes will be gradually distributed to all homes in Southwick.

The forms are relatively straight forward to complete and a reply paid envelop will be provided to send the completed forms back direct to Wiltshire Council.

We are also planning to hold Saturday morning clinics starting Saturday 18th Nov at the Baptist Church Hall, aimed at providing assistance with completing the Survey Forms.

Completed Housing Needs Survey forms will need to be completed and returned to Wiltshire Council in the reply paid envelopes provided by Monday 11th December 2017.

Please Note:  By way of reassurance, completion of the Survey Form is completely voluntary and if you wish to fill one in, this can be done with complete anonymity i.e. You don't have to provide name and address details.

The reply paid envelope is provided to ensure data protection requirements are maintained.

Kind regards

Southwick NDP Steering Committee

Posted on 08 Nov 2017 by geoff edwards
 
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housing survey poster

Posted on 08 Nov 2017 by geoff edwards
 
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Southwick’s Neighbourhood Plan Progress Report.

We are now making some very real progress with this community lead initiative.

Currently we are pulling together all the factual information required to produce an evidence based Neighbourhood Plan for Southwick.

In addition, a professional consultant who specialises in Neighbourhood Planning has been appointed. As a result, we now have a detailed plan that will take us all the way through the process to facilitate production of a Neighbourhood Plan

We have also formed a Steering Committee, comprised of Parish Council Members and Members of the Community.  

The immediate focus of the Steering Committee is to complete all Scoping Research, progress with Community Engagement and undertake a comprehensive Housing Needs Survey.

But please see below, a more detailed summary of progress to-date:

  • Neighbourhood Designated Area approved, May 2016.
  • Steering Committee initiated, June 2017.
  • Grant Funding approved Sept 2017.
  • Professional Consultant recruited, Oct 2017.
  • Scoping Research and Community Engagement underway, Oct 2017.

Immediate Next Steps

  • Progress and complete Scoping Research and Community Engagement. Oct-Dec 2017
  • Initiate Landscape Gap Study. Oct 2017
  • Initiate Housing Needs Survey. Nov 2017

Clearly, there are a lot of interesting activities going on and much work still to do.

If you would like to get involved and be part of Southwick’s Neighbourhood Planning, the Steering Committee would be more than happy to hear from you. Please see below contact details should you wish to contribute in some way.

Kind regards

Cllr John Eaton, Chair Southwick Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee.

Contact: John.eatonpdq@gmail.com

Posted on 13 Oct 2017 by geoff edwards
 
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