Thanks to those of you who responded to our ‘centre’ of the village consultation. Two areas came out equally on top: The London Road shopping centre (Co-op, takeaway and estate agents) as this is where most people bump into village friends; and the Recreation Ground area (including Church, School, Community Centre) as the community hub of the village. It is important to define the ‘centre’ as any new developments should be within easy reach/access of the centre, otherwise they could be unsustainable and require car usage to access. This information has been shared with our Planning Consultant and will be used in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan.
We are just tying up a few ‘loose ends’ of information gathering and preparing some draft Planning Policies that will be incorporated into the Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan has to conform to HDC Horsham District Planning Policies but we can have some local Policies that deal with local issues. It is important that these are backed up by robust evidence that we have gathered over the public consultation phase of the project. These Policies and lots of other information will be presented to Site Promoters before they produce firm development proposals for their sites. At this stage residents and stakeholders will be able to view and comment upon the proposals.
By the time you read this it is expected that the new Posthorses and the Warminghurst Close play areas will be completed. Well done to Celia Price and all at Ashington Parish Council for progressing this project and having the financial foresight to put a bit of money aside each year for the past 10+ years to help fund this project. Celia has been a welcome addition to the Parish Council since September 2015 and she will be missed, having recently resigned as Parish Clerk.