The Neighbourhood Plan team are working
on finalising some documents prior to moving forward to the next stage of the Plan. It won’t be long now before we are ready to ask all Site Promoters to put forward detailed proposals for the housing and any ‘community benefits’ that they propose to deliver alongside the homes. Some Site Promoters may also consider delivering some business units/space. It would be the Steering Group’s intention to hold a Public Exhibition of all of the proposals as well as using other forms of publicity e.g. booklets, notice boards, website, presentations at clubs/events etc to give residents as much opportunity as possible to comment upon the various proposals.
In the meantime we are consulting with Natural England, the Environment Agency, Historic England and Horsham District Council on some technical documents that support our Neighbourhood Plan – Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) as it is vital that issues such as environment, flooding, historic buildings and many more are taken into consideration when developing our Plan.
Last month I mentioned that Velo South cycle sportive may be coming through Ashington on 23rd September 2018. The Parish Council has now been officially contacted with more information by the organisers of the event and has expressed its concerns. Residents along the route will receive more information by letter in due course. Notices will be up before the event alerting all residents to the road closures and Parking restrictions will be in place along the route. The event will affect Billingshurst Road, London Road, Hole Street and both northern and southern A24 slip roads will be closed, so normal routes in and out of the village for residents will not be available. Possibly mark this date in your diary now and plan to stay at home and watch the event?