Your Vision and Objectives

for the

Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan

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If you didn’t make it to a “Drop In Session”

you can still “Have Your Say”…

We have put a copy of the draft Vision and Objectives on this site for you to review and comment on – please follow this link:

Vision and Objectives ~ 5 October 2017

It would be really helpful if you can let us have your feedback by the end of Sunday 15th October. However, we would like to hear your views if even if your feedback is later.

The Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey. The response in general, the volume and quality of information you have written has greatly exceeded expectations. Some of you also provided references to useful documents in your responses to the open questions. Many thanks — please tell us about any others you know of or discover.

The survey results were presented at a meeting on Sunday 30th April, held at Princess Helena College. Printed copies of the “Questionnaire Results” report from our market researchers were provided (one per household attending) at the meeting and then copies delivered to the remaining households in the parish.

Electronic copies of the Presentation from the Survey Results Meeting (complete with Questions and Answers,) the Survey Results Report and the questionnaires are available to download. These are all available as PDF files – please use the links on this page.

Meeting Presentation (including Questions and Answers) and Survey Results Report

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Survey Questionnaires

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Please contact the Steering Group with any further questions or comments (positive or negative) you have about the survey, report or neighbourhood plan. If you would prefer one or more of us will meet you for a chat, to discuss your views. Your involvement is important… the neighbourhood plan is about your say in shaping the future of our parish.

Preston Parish for the Under 10’s

As part of the survey, we also asked the under 10’s to draw and/or write what they like about living in Preston – their work seems to sum up that it is the rural setting and things you can enjoy in it, that we all say we like. Follow this link to the Portfolio Page to see larger copies.

As promised, we created another “Spot the Difference”, a couple of word searches and some jigsaw puzzles for everyone. We hope you enjoy them. If you would like to have a go, please follow this link to the Preston Parish Puzzle Pages.

Progress and Next Steps

The survey consumed a lot more time and effort than we had expected – hence we did not make progress on the other information gathering until June. We are now gathering information and drafting elements of the plan.

To take advantage of the grants that are available we hope to complete Stages 2 and 3 by the end of 2017 — March 2018 at the latest. This is an ambitious target. Here are the next steps as presented on Sunday 30th April.

Short Term
  • Stage 2
    • Deeper analysis of results
    • Gather other information
    • Define the objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan
    • Engage volunteers for specific projects
    • Draft Plan based on objectives
    • Review and refine objectives and draft plan
    • Informal consultation
Until our Plan is “Made”
  • Stage 3 – Conduct formal round of public consultation
  • Stage 4 – Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan by an independent examiner – to  ensure it meets all statutory obligations.
  • Stage 5 – Referendum conducted and paid for by NHDC – assuming the examiner recommends that our draft plan can proceed.

How it all began

Our Parliament passed the Localism Act in 2012. This new Act gives all communities, for the first time ever, the legal right and opportunity to prepare their own Neighbourhood Plan. Such a plan sets out policies to guide development and the use of land in a parish or a neighbourhood. Once approved by NHDC, the plan becomes part of the statutory planning process.

At a public meeting in our Village Hall on June 26th, a large majority of the 35 residents attending, voted in favour of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for this parish. Six residents have volunteered to form the Steering Group, and to be responsible for producing the plan. Another ten, so far, have volunteered to be involved in different ways.

This is our parish – we are concerned about our future – we want everyone in the parish to have their say to help shape that future.