Neighbourhood Plan – February 2016 Update

The first draft of the Plan has now been completed and a summary of it discussed with the full Parish Council at its meeting in February and by the Steering Group later in the week.
The key objectives, based on local consultation, the existing statutory framework and research can be summarised as follows:
Well Being……more community facilities and a purpose-built pre-school
                        sports pitches, young people meeting area
                        local shop
Environment..protecting the rural character of Ogwell
                       a strategic open break
                       promote green infrastructure
                       active and passive open space
Sustainable Transport,Paths,Connections
                       effective links between rural areas, villages and Newton Abbot
                       safe walking route between East Ogwell and Canada Hill Primary School
                       improved public transport
Controls on Future Housing and Homes responding to local needs
                      development in the parish limited to responding to local needs only
                     reflect impact of the the proposed new settlement in Wolborough
                      address gaps in provision
                      promote infill housing
Promote Rural Employment
                      conversion of redundant agricultural buildings to employment use
                      collaboration with Channings Wood Prison
                      rural employment and home working
                      new business units
Respect local character and promote design quality
                      develop design code and principles
                      policies to consider the needs of the whole parish
The draft identifies the Parish Council owned land in Luxton Road as a preferred site for a new pre-school facility and meeting
some other community needs, also that a bus shelter/bench be provided in the centre of the old village for use by bus passengers,
walkers and local community at large. It accepts the feedback which has rejected some housing development on the sites identified
for such consideration within the consultation document, and seeks to explore further the possibility of traffic calming measures on
Canada Hill and liaison with local neighbours re: a likely planning application from the owners of an area of scrub lane/open space
behind the terraced properties halfway up Canada Hill. After feedback from the Parish Council and Steering Group it is hoped to
prepare a further draft which can be made available for feedback from the local community in the Spring before any formal process
takes place.
The next meeting of the Steering Group, to which all are welcome , will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday , 10th March at the Memorial Hall.
Peter Farrell, Ogwell Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group  Secretary
Posted in Neighbourhood Plan

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