Following on from the last Gauntlet update, we wanted to let you know the progress made since your approval to proceed at the last public consultation event which is as follows:
- The South Downs National Park Authority has been engaged to produce a visual assessment of the potential development sites.
- All sites have now had a detailed assessment (including aspects such as flood, conservation and heritage) for suitability and this also includes all the SHLAAs and the new SHELAAs¹
- Whilst still work in progress the revised map shows the latest outcome as the most appropriate locations for sustainable growth of the Parish² (subject to conformance).
- The Design Guidance, NDP Policies and writeup are nearing their first workable draft which will be the basis of the next public consultation.
Remember, all of our meetings are open to the public with a dedicated public session Q & A session and are advertised on the Parish notice boards. You can also find further details and all the latest information on the KSPC website.
¹ SHELAA is the Strategic Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment replacing SHLAAs (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment) which also considers Brownfield sites and is due to be published by TVBC in February 2018.
² This is based on the very best information we have at the moment – SHELAAs and the South Downs reports are not yet officially available to us.
The King’s Somborne Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is a Parish Council-led project which will give us direct power to develop a shared vision for our community and to shape its development and growth. It will establish the general planning policies defining the location, size and shape of development and use of land in the community and will be reviewed at least every 5 years.
The desire to have our own NDP stems from the potential large scale development coming to King’s Somborne and the probable issues this may bring to the community at large in terms of infrastructure impact as well as the design, positioning and size of the individual dwellings. The NDP will not prevent development altogether, but, as the name suggests, it will provide the rules to which any proposed development must adhere. These rules will be written by the Parish as a whole.
The Parish Questionnaire Results
Following the recent Questionnaire sent out to all homes in the Parish, the results of the survey and our initial consultation took place at three separate session.
For full details of the entire survey (including those shown at the public consultations) will be available here shortly:
Further consultations will be announced shortly.
Further in Formation on the NDP
The NDP is governed by the Parish Council along with TVBC Cllr Tony Ward however the day-to-day running is undertaken by the NDP Steering Group, this comprises some Parish Councillors and the Chairs or Vice-Chairs of each working group who are not Parish Councillors. The working groups comprises around 10 members of the community and specialise in building/housing need, Parish facilities and the environment/landscape of the Parish.
The Steering Group consists of the following people:
- Andrew Brock – Chairman
- Judith Evans – Vice Chair & Secretary
- Peter Storey – Administrator and Parish Clerk
- Ryan Sutton – Communications
- Graham Searle – Chair, Facilities working group
- Fiona Dunger – Chair, Landscape/Environment Working Group
- Peter Nickless – Chair, Housing design/need working Group
- Katie Hughes – Parish Councillor representing Eldon Road Area
- Robbie Lane – Parish Councillor representing Up Somborne
- Graham Smith – Planning Policy Manager, Test Valley Borough Council (Special Advisor)
- Lisa Pearce – Neighbourhood Planning Officer
- Graham Smith – Planning Policy Manager, Test Valley Borough Council
The Steering Group is also assisted by other staff at Test Valley Borough Council on an ad hoc basis and also by a professional consultant.